Title: Picture Me Gone
Author: Meg Rosoff
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Mila is on a roadtrip across the USA with her father. They are looking for his best friend but Mila discovers a more important truth. Sometimes the act of searching reveals more than the final discovery can. Adults do not have all the answers. It all depends what questions you ask.
What’s good about it? Meg Rosoff’s writing style is beautiful. There’s no two ways about it. This is the second book of hers that I’ve read (the first was How I Live Now waaaay back in Uni) and I just can’t get over how much I love her writing style.
I really, really loved the relationship between Mila and her parents, it was so sweet and wonderful. Mila especially is a great character, she’s such an old soul and I thought her observational gifts were a nice touch – although I was a little confused to begin with as the blurb made it sound like her gifts had more of a supernatural tilt (this could just be me though, you read so many books about superpowered teens that you start seeing them everywhere).
I quite enjoyed the way it was set out like road trip, but the pace of it was gentle. A proper slow burn of a tale as we find out what happened to Matthew – it’s not so cut and dry as to why he disappeared as Mila gradually untangles the myriad of reasons that lead to it.
What’s bad about it? Mila doesn’t sound her age at various points but that’s just me being picky.
The verdict? This is a truly lovely story that unfurls slowly, one that draws you in. If you’re looking for a fast paced action-adventure story then this is not for you. The writing style is gorgeous and the characters are beautifully flawed. This will stay with you, long after you’ve finished reading the final page.