Write About Me (The Missing Annabelle Brown Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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By Melissa-Jane Fogarty (GoodReads Feb 17, 2104)
Write AboutMe is a young adult story about a teenage runaway. But it isn't just another YAstory about love and boys and heartbreak and it certainly isn't fantasy.
It is animportant story.
Perhaps thisseems so important to me because the life of the main character Annabelle andthose around her are so close to reality that they could be real people.
From withinthe first few chapters, it is clear to the reader that Annabelle's mental stateis not quite right. She has conversations in her head with 'Anna' and 'Bell'who are both very controlling and are the ones who continually set Annabelle onthe wrong path. I found myself so frustrated with Anna and Bell, and Annabellefor not being able to stand up to them, but in reality, people who suffer frommental health problems, are controlled (to differing degrees) by theirdisorder, unless they seek help.
There are somany important elements in this story: the loss of a child, the difficulty infinding good help from the authorities in locating missing teens, undiagnosedmental health problems, domestic abuse of children and drug and alcohol useamongst teens. I feel as though most people can relate to at least one of thoseissues.
In spite ofall the sadness though, there were light-hearted, happy moments and those were whatreally created the much needed balance whilst reading such a devastating story.
I could talkfor hours about this book, but instead of giving too much more away you hadbest read it for yourself and discover all the highs and lows that I myselffelt while reading this story.
From the Author
- Publication date : April 19, 2014
- Publisher : Melissa Pouliot (April 19, 2014)
- ASIN : B00JT0UG0Q
- Print length : 202 pages
- File size : 3097 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1490505075
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,664,434 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A book that is so well written, from beginning to end, transports you into the environment in which the story is written while exploring the far-reaching and long-term impacts of when someone goes missing.
Melissa-Jane's main character Annabelle Brown is introduced on Sunday November 20, 1988 where she finds her solace in sitting by the campfire drinking Stone's Green Ginger wine in the opening pages, oblivious to her surroundings of being alone.
"Write about me," Annabelle said, "Write about me `cause I am dead."
Intrigue begins on Monday July 10, 1988 as the story unravels.
Melissa-Jane's debut fictional novel is based on a true story of the Author's cousin Ursula Dianne Barwick who has been missing for 26 years.
The Author crafts her words through a clever eighty-six subtitles.
A book I have read twice and will revisit again. Brilliant!
I was a bit surprised that I could give a book on the subject of a missing teenager a 4-star review, but I couldn't put it down. I loved the writing style -- short sentences, quickly making the point, but with plenty of details to create an atmosphere of the place and time. The short chapters and change of perspectives between different characters gave depth to the story. Just when I wondered about an action (or non-action) from a character, the following chapters would fill in the blanks.
As a new resident of Australia, I decided to read this book to learn more about the culture from a modern perspective. (I was getting a bit tired of dated historical fiction books.) The author absolutely delivered through vernacular, descriptions of characters in various regions and especially the vivid descriptions of life in Sydney, specifically Kings Cross in the 80s. The author handles a difficult topic expertly. The characters are memorable--flawed, real, unpolished. Australia in the 80s is a fascinating setting in itself. Recommended!
Here is my issue with the writing in this book... at multiple points in the story the author chose to completely backtrack and summarize things that had already passed. If I picked up the book and started somewhere in the middle, this would be great. Since I started this book from the beginning like a normal person, I felt it was very unnecessary and felt like either (A) it was done merely to take up space in the book to make it longer or (B) the author is assuming that she has to write a book for dummies that could not possibly remember more than a couple very short chapters worth of reading material. Either way, it annoyed me while reading. If you skip over the summary type of sections, then it really is a good book. Just take that in mind before choosing if you would like to read this.
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The book constantly flicks between the past and present, which in itself is fine. However, it's not just the tense that changes, it is the perspective of the person in each chapter as well. Some chapters are written in Annabelle's point of view, others are diary entries from Sara, and others are from the man in the alley who ends up with her diary. It's not clearly explained and the perspective changes with no warning making quite difficult to follow at times.
There is a lot of bad language in this book too, so if you're not a fan of the f word, or are easily offended by that kind of language, then perhaps don't read this book!
The most disturbing fact about this book is its awful style. Almost as if it was written by a teenage girl, not by someone who "loves writing".