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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: PUFFIN (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141344040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141344041
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,882,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Mila and her father have travelled all the way from England to the USA to visit one of her father's best friends who they both haven't seen in years. However, when the friend goes missing before they even arrive the two of them set out on a roadtrip in an attempt to find him. On their journey they meet an eclectic range of individuals, from a friendly waitress in a roadside diner to a teenaged boy in a cabin in the woods - and their mission to find one missing man turns into an eye-opening adventure for Mila.

I read Meg Rosoff's arguably most famous novel 'How I Live Now' several years ago and I was really taken in by this unique story and Rosoff's style of writing. In fact, I loved the novel so much that I picked it as the book I gave out on World Book Night 2013, which was my personal attempt to get more people to read it. So I was very excited when a few weeks ago I found out that the author had just released a new young adult novel and I thought the blurb sounded really interesting too.

First off I should say that this really feels like a Rosoff novel. The sentence structure is short and to the point and while the book looks small, there's a lot of story packed within the pages. Once again there are no quotation marks which I assume to mean that none of the words that are attributed to the characters can actually be taken at face value as they're all retold by the protagonist Mila herself.

The incredibly clever Mila is a delight to read about and I particularly loved discovering the US, its people and their customs through her British eyes. She's witty, wise and her astonishing perception of the world around her made for a fascinating view on and unique approach to some very serious adult themes.
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Format: Hardcover
Mila has an unusual way of seeing things.

She can read a room the way others read body language. She can look at every day ordinary objects and learn about the people that inhabit them. She can also read people in the same way, knowing that what they’re saying and what they actually mean often aren’t the same thing.

When her father’s best friend goes missing right before Mila and Gil are supposed to visit, they make the trip from London to America anyways to look for Matthew. However, the situation is jarring for Mila, everything is out of place.

His beloved dog, Honey, has been left at home. So have his wife and new child. What’s going on? No one would just walk away from all that. There is more going on than meets the eye, but no one looks at the world quite like Mila and she’s determined to find answers.

Mila is also worried about her friend Cat. Her parents are going through a divorce and they are tearing her world apart. Can Mila make sure that Cat is all right even as they go to another country?

Everyone involved in Matthew’s disappearance is hiding something. However, when the betrayal happens, it turns Mila’s world inside out and leaving her questioning everything she thinks she knows...

Every novel by Meg Rosoff is different. We’ve been treated to a post apocalyptic tale, a story about Fate, a historical novel and magical realism. Rosoff again changes track and gives us Picture Me Gone which is a combination of a mystery entwined around a coming of age story.

Rosoff’s strength lies in the characters and worlds she creates. Mila will pull you into her story from page one. It helps that there are no quotation marks around dialogue, so that it’s as if you’re reading Mila’s diary or thoughts.
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Format: Hardcover
When I was eighteen, I started reading Meg Rosoff's books (How I Live Now.) Almost ten years have passed since then, and I'm SO HAPPY that her writing continues to resonate with me (this hardly ever happens, you know what I mean??)
I love Mila. She pulled me in and kept me intrigued from start to finish. She gets inside your head and articulates feelings you never quite knew how to express. That's the feeling I look for in a great novel--universal understanding through a specific and unique character.
I loaned my copy to my mom, who is under the strange impression that YA is for kids. (She's really picky and a bit of a book snob!) I was SUPER nice and forbid myself from saying 'I told you so' when she wound up devouring this book. Now she's moving on to the rest of Rosoff's work, and I can only smile to myself. Gotcha!
Anyhow, this is an excellent book for reading groups and inter-family exchanges--it presents so many discussable ideas and truths and is at the same time a total page-turner. I'm slotting it in for my book club this spring, can't wait to read it again!
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This may be one of the best and most memorable novels I've ever read, and I read all the best-sellers that are for adults, not ususally books for young people. The main character, Mila, is so completely heartwarming and intelligent, yet I understand why she becomes so worried about her father's missing friend. It's their journey to find him that is this story, and the why behind what adults do and say. It's all handled very realisticaly and frankly I wish this story were required reading in school for Junior High Age kids because it's a thoughtful introduction to the world of adults who make mistakes and the very real world we all live in. UNFORGETTABLE.
Thank you Meg Rosoff.
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