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Lost for Words Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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From School Library Journal
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“Kuipers artfully manages to make Sophie’s tale achingly real and yet still hopeful. Her distinct, first–person voice and quirky details shine through the dark tragedy, giving familiar themes a fresh take.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Touching and realistic.” (School Library Journal)
“The emotional portraits of Sophie and those around her ring true.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Kuipers’s...delicately details the complexities of the grief process.” (Publishers Weekly)
Top Customer Reviews
Lost For Words is written in journal entry form, and at first I thought this was going to be a big problem for me. I've never really been a big fan of reading books written to be like a journal, but in this case, it was the reason for it's success. I also thought that the short sentences would put a damper on my liking for this novel, but it only gave it more depth and feeling, as though a sixteen-year-old girl was truly pouring her heart out onto the pages.
I personally felt like I was prying into someone's private life when I started reading into the story. Sophie clearly didn't want anyone to know her dilemma, and wanted nothing more than to just forget. With her, we learn about how such a tragedy can take a toll on a whole family, and even the friends supporting it. You could literally feel how much Sophie wanted to turn back the tables and have everything be the way it used to.
The one thing that really got me in this book, was Sophie's feelings toward her sister. She was so heartbroken by her loss that nothing else mattered to her, not even her own life. It makes you think of what you may possibly be taking for granted. I have two younger sisters, and a little brother, and reading about Sophie's loss made me weep for her.Read more ›
Told in diary format, LOST FOR WORDS is Sophie's attempt to forget what happened last summer.
When I first picked up the book, I didn't know what the event was that Sophie alludes to at the beginning of the story. None of the synopsis I read had given any indication what Sophie was trying to run away from. But because I loved LIFE ON THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR so much, I wasn't that concerned about being in the dark from the first page.
Ms. Kupiers unfolds the story at just the right pace to keep the reader anticipating what will happen next, while at the same time frustrating the reader to give you more details NOW!
As the story unfolds, Sophie slowly reveals the events of the previous summer with her shoe laces, the train, her sister, Emily, and the aftermath. Her friends don't know how to reach Sophie, Sophie and her mother have a strained relationship, and Sophie herself is unwilling to open up to anyone, including her therapist. It's through her diary entries that the reader comes to know what's going on in her mind, and her inability to cope with what she experienced the previous summer.
LOST FOR WORDS is a tragic novel, but deeply moving and relevant in these unstable times. Though the novel takes place in England, the events can and have happened in other places around the world. Once I started the book, I didn't want to put it down.
If I have any negative comments on the story, it would be purely cosmetic. The book is also being published in Canada and the United Kingdom under the title of THE WORST THING SHE EVER DID. Not only does that title make more sense to the story, the cover artwork on that edition ties in much better. But that being said, Ms. Kupiers is definitely an author I'm going to keep an eye on. This is the second book by her that I consider a winner.
Reviewed by: Jaglvr
Sophie's love for her sister was completely touching. I felt for her through every page, any little thing that reminded her of her sister brought a fresh wave of pain that was heart breaking. Sophie's best friend is pulling away from her and hanging out with other girls because she just doesn't know how to reach Sophie. Around this time, and new girl, Rosa-Leigh, shows up, and her and Sophie become fast friends. Rosa-Leigh was probably my favorite character in this story. She's from a huge family, and she's completely sympathetic to Sophie's pain, but she's also very blunt in telling her when she's acting like a snot to other people!
My main complaint with this book is that the author didn't tell us what actually happened to Sophie's sister until almost the very end of the book. I think it was supposed to be a big dramatic reveal after all the little hints brought up throughout the book, but to me it just ended up being very frustrating.
Overall, I was touched and invested in the story from beginning to end, and I definitely recommend it to all of you YA book lovers that enjoy an emotional tale!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sophie is just trying to get on with things, isn't that what they tell you to do after something like this. Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by Larissa
This is an emotional book written in journal entry form. In some cases, this is a problem with me for books, but Kuipers writes to where it feels seamless to me. Read morePublished on August 30, 2010 by Brandi Leigh Kosiner
Something has happened to Sophie's older sister, Emily, but Sophie doesn't want to talk about it. The book opens with Sophie's therapist giving her a notebook to use to journal... Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by Melissa A. Palmer
Could you imagine losing your sister in a terrorist attack and not being able to talk about it? The harsh feelings, the deep emotions and the incredible sadness that surrounds... Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Hooked on Books