Picture Me Gone
Picture Me Gone
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Meg Rosoff
ISBN 9780399257650
Putnam/Penguin, 2013.
5 stars
Keywords: coming-age family friendship meg-rosoff mystery picture-me-gone

Picture Me Gone
by Meg Rosoff

In the unerring voice of 12-year-old Mila, Meg Rosoff (There Is No Dog) unlocks a mystery that takes her heroine from precocious child to young woman over the span of her Easter holiday.

Just before Mila and her father, Gil, prepare to leave London to visit Gil's oldest and best friend, Matthew, in New York, Gil receives a call from Matthew's wife, Suzanne. Matthew has disappeared. Mila is good at solving puzzles, and she has always wanted to thank Matthew for saving her father's life at age 22 during an avalanche while the pair was mountain climbing. Mila wonders "if we've been summoned for some sort of cosmic leveling, to help Matthew this time, the one who has never before required saving." Also prior to their departure, Catlin, Mila's estranged best friend, attempts a rapprochement. Mila thinks, "I didn't exactly miss her because she seemed like someone I no longer knew." Flashbacks of what passed between them become a lens for Mila as she tries to make sense of her father's friendship with Matthew.

Mila's first impression of Suzanne and Matthew's home is: "This is not a happy house." With her discoveries about Matthew's messy life, Mila also learns that her father has also kept secrets from her. "If a person can lie to you about one thing," Mila thinks, "he can lie about something else." Mila's sense of humor, intelligence and innate sense of justice will win readers over so that they feel the full impact of her sense of betrayal

This review first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers.
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