Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This Is The Story Of You by Beth Kephart (with giveaway)

This Is The Story Of You
by Beth Kephart

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Twitter @BethKephart

Just released: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genre: YA
Hardback: 264 pages
Rating: 3

First sentence(s):
Blue, for example.

Zombie sighting:
Scenes from a zombie movie. Nobody looking like themselves.
-chapter 5, page 135

On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira's mother and brother on the mainland.

Nothing will ever be the same.

A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira's home. A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to carry on—to somehow hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future. Gripping and poetic, This Is the Story of You is about the beauty of nature and the power of family, about finding hope in the wake of tragedy and recovery in the face of overwhelming loss.

My two-bits:

You know how there are some books you just don't GET. This was one of those for me.

The style of writing felt choppy and short in conveying the storyline. Because of this, it was hard to follow along with the various characters. I could not get a grasp of who was who.

However, there were a couple beautiful passages in regards to the different descriptions of the sea in various modes. Like the cover, the sea and its metaphor was a focus in the book which did capture my attention.

About the author:
Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of nineteen books, including Going Over, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, and Small Damages. A National Book Award finalist, Kephart is also a winner of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fiction grant, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Leeway grant, a Pew Fellowships in the Arts grant, and the Speakeasy Poetry Prize. Kephart teaches workshops at many institutions, to all ages and creative nonfiction workshops at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is a popular keynote speaker and frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many national journals.

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