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Lessons From a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles

I'm still too deep in this book to even think about giving it a "review." And, I think, even when I'm further out, further away, I won't want to. Because its one of those books that hit me so hard, I don't want to analyze it.

So I'll just say, when I thought I knew what to expect, the story surprised me. When I expected to know the pattern the author would choose, she added another twist. Where I figured I'd be able to read with detachment, I was pulled in, tossed around, and knocked flat.

The layers of experience, pain, and understanding--both from the characters and the author--go deeper than most writers would attempt, let alone succeed at.

Thank you, Jo.

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d_michiko_f
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Isn't it just a powerful book? I admire Jo so much!
beckylevine
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
It's amazing. I thought I was just going to start it while I ate breakfast this morning & then couldn't stop reading.
jbknowles
Mar. 11th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
You just made me cry.

Don't worry, in a good way.

Thanks.

xo

Wait. Can I xo you? We've never met. And yet? I'm sure I would hug you if we met. Well, the feeling is there. Thanks for your powerful words. :-)
beckylevine
Mar. 11th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
The feeling is mutual. You've written a wonderful gift. I'm just starting on a YA idea, and I want to shoot for even half the honesty you wrote onto the page.

jeannineatkins
Mar. 11th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
I felt the story took me inside myself and my past, so was reading different strands -- myself and Lessons. I think you record the feelings well -- while giving nothing away!
beckylevine
Mar. 11th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
It was a bit like reading at two levels, definitely. I don't know where I would have started, picking out what to give away or not! :)
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beckylevine
Mar. 12th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
I think that's part of Jo's amazing craft. Normally, a book about these things would have made me seriously consider closing the cover, just to avoid the pain. Somehow, Jo reached a balance that let me deal with the hard stuff and still really want to know what happened. I think, sometimes, authors "overwrite" to amp up the tension and, for me, that turns into dread. I just didn't have that feeling, even when I was worried about both girls.

Boy, doing this without spoilers isn't easy! :)
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