Book Review: Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

Picture Me Gone
Author: Meg Rosoff
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery | Realistic Fiction
Released: October 3rd 2013
Review Source: Putnam Juvenile

Printz Award-winning author Meg Rosoff's latest novel is a gorgeous and unforgettable page-turner about the relationship between parents and children, love and loss.

Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room—sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past—slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she’s closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best.

Londoner, Mila, takes a trip with her father, Gil, to New York where they are supposed to meet with Gil's long time best friend, Matthew. The only problem is that Matthew has gone missing. Leaving behind a wife, a baby, and his dog without a single note or trace. So, Mila and Gil set out to find him. Their advantage is that Mila is highly perceptive of all small, unnoticed details that surround her. When she is close to putting all of the pieces together she clicks the last one into place and it completely sets her off. How could she have missed the signs of the one person she thought she could read best?

I really, really liked Mila and often times found myself forgetting she was even 12. She sounds much older. I love how aware she is and how peculiar she is about details. Makes me wish I was like that!

I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The "plot" didn't really interest me that much but I found myself liking the writing style Rosoff brings so it was easier for me to like the book in its entirety. Picture Me Gone is a fun and light read and holds enough mystery to keep your attention.

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