September 19, 2012

Unspoken

by Sarah Rees Brennan
ages: 12+
First sentence: "Every town in England has a story."
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Kami has an imaginary friend.  She has had him in her head, talking to her, keeping her company for as long as she can remember. She's learned not to talk about him, because people in her small English Village, Sorry-in-the-Vale, tend to think she's a bit crazy, but he's there and she's learned to live with it.

Not for one moment did she ever think that 1) he was really real and 2) he'd show up in her village.

Kami is also an aspiring investigative reporter, something which won me over immediately. I loved her spunk and her gumption, and her Nancy Drew/Veronica Mars/His Girl Friday determination to get to the bottom of the story. Because in Sorry-in-the-Vale there are a LOT of secrets that no one is willing to tell.

To be honest, that kind of bugged me for a lot of the book: the fact that Brennan hinted at secrets, and hinted at secrets, and hinted at secrets, but the reader was as CLUELESS to understanding them as Kami was. I wanted more information, but it wasn't enough of an annoyance to make me throw the book across the room. No, what kept me reading was the witty writing -- the balance between humor, romance, and suspense -- and the characters. I adored the girls: Kami, of course, but also her friends Holly and Angela. And the guys weren't that bad either.

And when the secrets were finally revealed, I understood why Brennan approached it the way she did. She has a way of keeping me engaged, turning pages, until her satisfying-yet-frustratingly-open conclusion.

I can't wait for the next one!

4 comments:

contemplatrix said...

wasn't sure about this one, but your review has me interested now. I do like detective girls with gumption and I love witty writing. will have to give it a go.

thanks for the recommendation!

~L (omphaloskepsis)

Melissa said...

Anytime, L. Hope you enjoy it!

Kailana said...

Oh, sounds good!

Kristen Evey said...

This sounds so amazing! I'd only heard a tiny bit about this so far, but I'll definitely be picking this one up. So excited about the mystery/investigative reporter aspect. Thanks for the great review!