Saturday, 12 March 2016

The Girl In The Well is Me by Karen Rivers

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 224
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Released: 15th of March 2016 

Newcomer Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into a club whose members have no intention of letting her join. Now Kammie’s trapped in the dark, growing increasingly claustrophobic, and waiting to be rescued—or possibly not.

As hours pass, the reality of Kammie’s predicament mixes with her memories of the highlights and lowlights of her life so far, including the reasons her family moved to this new town in the first place. And as she begins to run out of oxygen, Kammie starts to imagine she has company, including a French-speaking coyote and goats that just might be zombies.

What I Have to Say 

This was a very quick and easy read. I pretty much read the whole thing in one sitting. There were funny bits and sad bits and very strange bits for example when Kammie was running out of oxygen. I felt it really captured the stream of consciousness of a young girl and the disorientation of her situation. 

However, even though this is written for a younger age range than I often read, I felt that it was perhaps written down too much, The fact is that kids are a lot smarter than adults often give them credit for. 

Even so, it was a nice little story. It went through many themes of bullying, identity and changing to fit in, as Kammie reflects on her struggles to make a place for herself in her little town in Texas. A cute read, but not really one that will stay with me for long. 

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