Thursday, January 8, 2009

Book Review: Madapple by Christina Meldrum

Aslaug...

Was raised in almost complete isolation by her mom, Maren (who's maybe not quite sane), in northern Maine.

Can speak English, Danish, Hebrew, Runic, and a bunch of other languages and knows more about plants and all the crazy things you can do with them than you or I will ever know (and madapple, also called jimsonweed, can be deadly).

Doesn't know who her father is, or if she has one at all (and if you think this is weird, just wait...)

Is not only suddenly, completely alone when Maren dies under mysterious, bizarre circumstances, but is suspected of killing her mother by the police.

Unexpectedly discovers that she has an aunt and two cousins, who preach and live in an old monastery-turned-church and take her in after her mom dies.

Is on trial for the double murder of her aunt and her cousin Sanne.

Madapple seriously blew my mind! When I finished it last night, I just had to sit and digest it for a bit- I was literally left speechless. Aslaug (she's Danish) grapples with a ton of stuff here- family, love, the existence and the meaning of God and religion, life and death, identity, and what it means to be who you are. This book is amazing, but get ready to start questioning, or at least thinking about, everything you thought you knew about life, the universe, and everything.

If you want to read more reviews before deciding to pick this one up, check out what Teens Read Too and Reading Rants have to say, but IMO this book is so weirdly, metaphysically bizarre, it's awesome! It's also up for the William C. Morris Award (winner TBA at the end of this month) for rookie teen authors, so check it out @ the library!

Megan
(who can't decide between Red Glass by Laura Resau and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness)

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