by Adele Griffin
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Just released: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Soho Teen
Genre: Mystery, YA
Hardback: 256 pages
Two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin offers an ingenious fictional take on the "oral history" celebrity bio that defined a bestselling genre: Edie, American Girl by Jean Stein and George Plimpton. In presenting herself as interviewer and curator of memories, Adele paints the portrait of a tragic young celebrity who allegedly committed suicide—presented in a series of brief first-person recollections—that ultimately results in the solving of a murder.
Adele's words: "From the moment she burst into the downtown art scene, seventeen-year-old Addison Stone was someone to watch. Her trademark subversive street art and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more about this brilliant wild-child who shone so bright and was gone too soon. By means of more than one hundred interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—I have retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life, with research that sheds new evidence on what really happened the night of July 28, 2013. With photo inserts and previously unpublished supplemental material."
The most intriguing thing about this book is the presentation of this story via photos, interviews, illustrations and artwork from main character, etc.
After getting to know the main character, Addison, through the different media, she came across as one of those unlikable but interesting characters to follow because of the drama that surrounded her.
The mystery itself was not too surprising as outcomes as such is not too uncommon among the life of creative sorts who die young like Addison.
Made me think of artists who produce brilliant art and their state of mind and character.
* review copy courtesy of book tour sponsored by SOHO Teen.