Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
My Review: August 2013 ~ Review Copies ~
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I would like to thank Penguin First Reads for loaning me this book for an honest review. I liked the book although it was a different style than I am used to. It read like a diary to me as if she was telling her love in her secret diary everything, her thoughts and feelings. The story had mystery surrounding what had happened, and it was more difficult because although Judith is strong, she is a silent strong, she was this way even before her two year disappearance. She had loved Lucas her whole life, and although he didn't realize it for a while, he had loved her his whole life as well. I don't know if it was because of the way it was written, but I wasn't emotionally involved like I normally would have been, especially for the things Judith had been through. I liked the characters very much and one of the secondary characters Maria, surprised me and I ended up really liking her. Judith's mother was the type of woman you want to smack so sense into, but for the period piece it came off as it made sense that she was that kind of hard woman to an extent.
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Julie Berry grew up in Western New York as the youngest of seven children. She holds a BS in communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four sons.
Julie is the author of "The Amaranth Enchantment" (2009) and "Secondhand Charm" (2010), both fairy tale fantasies for teens and tweens published by Bloomsbury Children's Books. She authored Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys, a series of comic book-style novels for elementary/ middle school readers published by Penguin Books for Young Readers and illustrated by Sally Faye Gardner. Titles include "The Rat Brain Fiasco," "Curse of the Bizarro Beetle," "The Colossal Fossil Freakout," and "The Trouble with Squids." Her upcoming young adult novel, "All the Truth That's In Me," will be published Fall 2013 by Viking Books. A middle grade mystery, "The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place," will be published in Germany by Theinemann. Julie's works have appeared in international editions worldwide.