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The Vanishing Season Paperback – June 30, 2015
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Praise for THE VANISHING SEASON: “Anderson once again works her magic to conjure evocative settings and soulful protagonists in this modern gothic romance. This tantalizing novel offers a singular perspective on a complicated love triangle and a tragedy.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Praise for THE VANISHING SEASON: “An intensely gripping tale with a surprise ending that’s fully earned.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for THE VANISHING SEASON: “For readers who savor the ambiguities of unrequited love and the greys of the here and hereafter, The Vanishing Season will end well.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
Praise for THE VANISHING SEASON: “A heartbreaking story full of mystery, love, redemption, and betrayal. The subtle writing draws the reader in from the beginning, while the complex and intriguing characters beautifully drive the measured pacing of the plot…Coupled with a startling conclusion that make this such a powerful read.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
Praise for THE VANISHING SEASON: “This is a book to be read twice through, once for the sweetly tragic love story and mystery, and a second time for the subtle imagery and metaphorical connections.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
Praise for THE VANISHING SEASON: “Readers who like their romances tragic and dreamy should dive in.” (Booklist)
Praise for TIGER LILY: “Guided by fragile, insect–size faerie Tink, readers are drawn into this richly re–imagined Neverland. Working with the darker threads of Barrie’s bittersweet classic, Anderson weaves an enchanting tale.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Praise for TIGER LILY: “The mythology of Neverland is eloquently woven into the story, and characters are reborn in fascinating ways…Readers will find it hard to resist being drawn into Tiger Lily’s world, where dangers and emotions are painted several shades darker than in J.M. Barrie’s classic fantasy.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Praise for TIGER LILY: “Its many layers create a place of dangerous wonder. Tiger Lily has been reinvented with a complex backstory, giving her a credible source of deep strength and dark emotion.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
Praise for TIGER LILY: “Serious and moving.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
From the Back Cover
Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.
I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.
I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.
All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.
I am looking for the things that are buried.
From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.
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“Love can't be taken back once it's given."
The main criticism about this novel is that it is a plotless, beautifully written novel. However, I would disagree. The book is marketed by HarperTeen as this huge paranormal- mystery. However- the serial killings are more of a catalyst between the the main characters: it really is a short novel about a love triangle gone tragic- not bad. Yep, there’s nothing Dangerous Girls about this one: it’s a tragic story about how winter comes and takes everything in its path.
The highlight of this story, in my opinion, would have to be Maggie. She has heart- she has dreams, she has so much love in her tiny, average-looking body.
"She had to do better, she knew. She had to take care of her parents just like they’d always taken care of her."
She moves to the small, secluded Door County and meets beautiful, enigmatic Pauline and sweet, kind Liam. Together, they form this intense bond. There is a problem though: Pauline and Liam are in love with each other and won’t admit it- and Maggie is in love with Liam.
“I just, I don’t see why everyone has to pair off and fall in love and everything anyway. Why can’t we just stay the way we are?”
Jodie Lynn Anderson- whether she sought out to do this or not, has provided a wonderful defense of one of the most hated-tropes in YA: the love triangle. The Vanishing Season is a wonderful, whimsical portrait of love and tragedy.
Maggie moves to Gill Creek right as a set of murders happen within the little town. Soon after moving, she meets her neighbor, Pauline, and becomes friend with her. Pauline introduces her to Liam, Pauline's best friend. As the three become very close, there is some romantic kindling happening between Maggie and Liam. When Pauline is sent away, Liam and Maggie's relationship blooms. Unfortunately, things don't always work out the way we want them to.
I was really disappointed with this book. First the positive: the narrator is awesome. The person narrating the story is like a ghost. It's some supernatural being that isn't always the most trustworthy. It took a little bit to figure this out, but overall it was by far the best part of the story. Unfortunately, that is what ended it for me. I can't tell if it is done on purpose or not, but I never really felt like I knew the characters well. Maybe it is because an outside force is narrating, so I don't really understand all of the motivations and such, but it was very difficult for me to connect and want to know more about the trio. Second, I was really interested in the mystery part of the premise, but it's not the focus of the novel at all. The focus is on the romance and relationship of the trio. The missing girls and deaths are really a part of the background that just drives certain things to happen. I was extremely disappointed that I never had any of those "edge of my seat" moments. It just wasn't that interesting. Overall, I wanted so much more than this delivered. I also wasn't satisfied with the ending, but it matched the novel. I guess that counts for something.
The back cover blurb does not do this book proper justice. This is a very YA contemporary coming of age mostly narrated by a 17 year old girl with a touch of magical realism in that a ghost narrate short passages throughout the story. It's a quiet novel and not at all what I thought it was.
There is a serial killer attacking girls, but it's a subplot and not the main thrust of the book. It's just something that is happening around the teenagers in this book.
I loved the setting of Door County, WI. I can still feel the chill of the winter. This is a very literary work. It's beautifully written and it lingers with you long after you finish it. I don't want to spoil the book, but there is an unfairness to all that happened and many reviewers found it frustrating. I was right there until I got to the end of the book and realized life is rarely fair and in literary works we see that often. I stuck with the book and it did not disappoint. It just didn't take me on the journey I was expecting.
It was a bit like Ethan Frome meets The Lovely Bones.