What is this you see? TWO book reviews in a row? You’ll have to forgive us, but we’re plotting for next week.
There’s something wrong about getting a card from your mother in the mail… when she’s been dead ten years.
Matt’s world just did a 180. Zora Hudson is dead, isn’t she? That’s what his dad, Dave, has been telling him. And ten years is an awful long time to lie about something that crucial.
If Matt’s mum is alive, why couldn’t he see her? Is this just your average divorce blown hugely out of proportion? Or is… is there something wrong with her?
I had no idea what to star-rate this book. It was really confusing. Not the book, it wasn’t confusing. My feelings about the book were. At first I sat there and sort of motored through it… it didn’t scream my name every time I put it down. It was interesting and all, but just not… gripping.
And then! Well, be consistent, please! The book became really, really good. I’m not actually sure what point it was. It almost felt like… the author, Dee White, found Matt (the man character.)
At first Matt really bugged me. I can deal with “teenager-has-bad-attitude.” I’ve read it before, usually they grow out of it by the end of the book. See, in the first few chapters, we find out Dave (Matt’s dad) is a jerk. Dave is a jerk because Matt says he’s a jerk. And all of a sudden, Matt gets a letter from the mother he always thought had died in a car crash, and that’s supposed to seal Dave’s jerkiness by chapter three.
First off, the dads who are jerks very rarely are, and it’s just cranky teenage perseption, so it bugged me that the reader had to be so annoyed and betrayed by a guy who we’ve only seen one side of in two or so chapters. I think the reader was supposed to have more empathy for Matt that way… on the flip side, I felt sorry for Dave and hated Matt.
Then the plot meanders along for a while… and this next bit could be considered a spoiler, but I’m not giving away anything massively surprising. Matt meets his mother, Zora. She’s bipolar, and she’s off her meds, because she’s an artist, and she says she can’t paint while she takes them. Zora was really well written, and when the author found Zora, she found Matt, too. My perseption of Zora was basically Mall from Inception, so having someone to base my opinion off really helped me ‘get’ her character.
Also, I love the Leonardo da Vinci theme throughout the book, and the emphasis on art. Very cool–subtle (you don’t have to be arty to get the book) and yet strong (it was extremely important to the plot.)
The book got a 4 stars from me because of the twists. It was predictable, at first. Boy needs to find parent. Boy searches for parent. Boy gets parents address and turns up. Boy is reunited with parent. The end. But it surprised me, and I did not see the ending coming. At the same time, it wasn’t like what’s with that? That’s extremely hard to pull off. But I never saw it coming, and I was sad, and hesitant, and, ultimately, hooked.
Mime is currently recuperating from an end of term concert. She is a champion pinner. She finished reading The King’s Fifth (which was great and ‘aawww,’ in multiple ways). The school holidays dawn bright and fair next week, and she is extremely looking forward to them. She will eat icecream in celebration. (Cait approves of this.)