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Blurb (from Goodreads):
From Lois Metzger, acclaimed author of A Trick of the Light, comes a work of speculative fiction set in the near future about a teen girl who finds a new, mysterious perspective on her life.
Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.
But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.
A bold and original work of speculative fiction set in a familiar future, Lois Metzger’s latest novel is a profoundly authentic and heartbreaking tale of the things we keep locked away inside us, even from ourselves.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“This is what you should do, she told herself. Grab things, exist at the centre of your life, not the edge.”
This was a bit of an unusual story, and I’m not sure I really get it.
Rose was an okay character, she seemed nice, but she also seemed a bit vacant. She was almost too happy, and too satisfied with her life to be believed.
The storyline in this was about Rose suddenly being really happy, and not really understanding what was different and why she was different. We then got a bit of a sci-fi twist, which reminded me of the film (highlight to view spoiler - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.)[ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. (hide spoiler)]
The ending to this was then a bit open, and I just didn’t really get what was going on, so I have to admit to being a bit lost.
6 out of 10