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Words And Their Meanings (2014)

by Kate Bassett(Favorite Author)
3.92 of 5 Votes: 1
review 1: This was a really interesting read – very dark for your typical YA, but I think it needed to be dark. Centering on Anna, the story explores loss and grieving and the sort of larger truth that all of us can have very different experiences of the same person. A year after her older brother/uncle’s death, Anna begins to uncover secrets and hidden facets of his life she never knew about. Add in larger family drama, a bestie, and possible love interest and you get a complex and maturely conceived novel. There are moments of teen angst and drama, but that rings true as well as all of us are orphaned children as we lose those closest to ourselves. It wasn’t always an easy read – intense and a little heavy – but it was a really rewarding book to spend some time in... moreside.
review 2: This is a book about grief and guilt. Anna is a teen dealing with the death of her uncle and grandfather. Her Uncle Joe has lived with them forever when his parents were killed in a car accident. Joe is Anna's mother's brother. Anna is convinced that she gave Joe the flu that killed him and she feels so guilty that one year later she is still sinking into her goth dress and not doing anything toward her education. Once a skilled and gifted writer she just drifts through life until she discovers her grandfather is dying. By the end of this wonderful story, we see Anna beginning to mature and grow. She is Helping her family accept the things that can't be changed and discovering there is a future. less
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I couldn't finish this one. Anna is a psycho character that was incredibly difficult to relate to.
I liked this more than I anticipated. Full review to come. Likely 4 stars.
My review: this novel was an explosion of feelings, the best and the worst.
So, so wonderful. Watch out, world!
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