This week I did very little reading of books. It seemed to be a week of reading blogs, catching up on news and just going to bed early.
The one book I did read and found myself wondering about was Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff. She is an American author living in England and her book follows a path back across the ocean to New York.
Mila, who tells us the story, begins a trip from London with her father to meet his old and dear friend Matthew in upstate New York. As they prepare for the trip they are told Matthew has disappeared. He just walked away from family and his job.
Mila also reflects on her struggles to maintain her friendship with Catlin who seems to be changing quickly as she grows. Catlin seems to be turning into someone Mila does not understand and clings to that old younger friend she cared so much about. (image is of a newly released cover)
Mila takes on the task of helping to find this missing person, trying to hold on to her friend long distance and unravel the mystery of friendships, love and things gone awry. These two stories – her father’s missing friend and her friend have parallel emotions that force us explore what happens as we grow up and begin to deal with changes we don’t expect.
I found myself really wanting to know how this book turned out and what happened but also wondering about the adult sounding voice of our main character. She appeared at times to be a bit too wise for her years and at other times very much the teenager that she was suppose to be.
I am curious how others feel about this book. It is not one I would do as a whole class read but would definitely include in my classroom library if I were teaching middle school or up. Rosoff discusses strong emotional subject matter worth discussing in small groups where student can feel safe to share their own fears and issues about friends and family.
This is my first introduction to her books. I will be sure to check out some of her other books. Meg Rosoff is an award winning author of What I Was, Just In Case, How I Live Now and others.
This coming week I have 4 books lined up: (heading out on a trip so hope to have more reading time than the last few weeks)