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The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,455 Ratings  ·  372 Reviews
National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.

From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with tho
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Soho Teen
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Sep 20, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing
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The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone is a gripping read, even though it isn't a pretty story, or a new one. It's a faux-biography in which Addison Stone isn't actually a character. Addison is a stereotype, and telling her story in a traditional format would probably make her both unbearably unsympathetic and (dare I say it) boring.

And so Addison is the subject instead of the protagonist, and her story is told through interviews and magazine photos and newspaper clippings, with occasional insets
Melissa McShane
Written as an extended series of interviews with those who knew the brilliant artist Addison Stone, complete with photos and reproductions of her art, this book sketches out the life of a troubled genius whose death is ambiguous and whose life was as fractured as the book’s conceit. Griffin is good at evoking the different personalities and keeping their voices separate, and the whole thing feels very real, as if Addison Stone was a real person whose art you might be able to see in a museum, or ...more
Adam Silvera
Mar 19, 2014 Adam Silvera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE is the literary equivalence of a compelling film documentary. Addison Stone is a character I won't forget.
Mar 16, 2015 Hallie rated it did not like it
Last new-to-me book for the Book Battle.

I can see two opposing ways of reading this book, broadly speaking. The first is to view it as a critique of celebrity culture, of society’s tendency to worship the Beautiful! The Hot! The Young! The Talented! (and of course even better if those are all rolled into one tortured-artist package), and how that can reduce the person to a consumer commodity. This reading would view the character of Addison Stone as a uniquely gifted girl, who was doomed by her
Apr 24, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is awesome. It's a mystery, but it's also not a mystery at all. Addison is a hot-to-trot artist everyone wants a piece of, but that's the problem in and of itself. When she dies under mysterious circumstances, everyone wants to tell their side of her story and everyone wants to point fingers at the other people in her life.

But Addison had a number of her own problems, including, but not limited to, the pressure of being a young and upcoming female artist, (view spoiler)
Neil (or bleed)

I do like mysteries and The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone is a mystery novel worth reading for, at least in my opinion. I did solely sign-up for the mystery of why Addison Stone's life had been unfinished yet eventually I was lured by the interesting, admiring and kinda frustrating life of her; which has been told by the different people related to her, in one way or another.

Addison Stone is an art genius. Within the book, her arts, especially portraits have been admired by many people an
Elizabeth Kiem
Mar 30, 2014 Elizabeth Kiem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer - I read this book as an ARC because I share a publisher/editor with Adele. I picked it up because of the photographs. I am a sucker for docu-fiction. Two days later I wrote to our mutual editor: "This is the best thing Soho Teen has published."

I mean it.

This book will have a cult following. Of this I am sure. It is fascinating, unique portrait ... not just of a talented troubled young artist, but of all the personal prisms through which she is observed.

Geoff Watson
Apr 12, 2014 Geoff Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Griffin is one of the most engaging, original voices in YA. Incredible characters and her knack for tone is brilliant. Couldn't put it down.
Sep 01, 2014 Paige rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book. Wow. I really did not want to put this book down until I had reached the end, so going to work when I was halfway through it felt quite torturous. As soon as I got home, I sat and finished it.

This may or may not contain spoilers (depending on your definition of the term) just to be safe...

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Aug 22, 2014 Nic rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I feel a little generous giving this three stars. I didn't dislike it, I guess, just found it kind of directionless and uninspiring. I felt many of the characters interviewed for the book had voices that were either stereotypical or just so weirdly out-there that they didn't sound like real people to me. There must be some balance in between "cliché" and "too bizarre to be believable," right? And while I felt for Addison, especially in her struggling with mental illness, I also found her frustra ...more
Dec 30, 2014 ExLibris_Kate rated it really liked it
When I first started reading The Unfinished Life Of Addison Stone, I had to stop and look up whether this was actually a true story or not. (It’s fiction, by the way.) Complete with artwork, photos, and excerpts from interviews with friends, boyfriends, and family members, Addison Stone’s brief and tumultuous career is laid out like a tell-all book. The mystery surrounding her last hours is the impetus for the fictional investigation and it quickly paints a picture of a very talented artist, but ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Patty rated it it was amazing
The Unfinished Life Of Addison Stone
Adele Griffin

What it's all about...

Addison Stone...a rather very dramatic dead. This is a book about her life and also about how she became dead.

Where it all takes place...

This book begins at her death and at her funeral and meanders throughout her life...through interviews we are able to see all parts of her, family, and friends.

When much of it happens...

Most of the book is the story of her life...her brief life.

Which characters ha
Sep 25, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
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Sep 08, 2014 Karissa rated it it was amazing
I got this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. This book was a breath of fresh air after reading a number of rather mediocre books over the last couple weeks.

This was a very well done fictional biography about an eighteen year old girl named Addison Stone who was gaining fame as an artist when she died. The book is a series of interviews with people who knew her and excerpts from interviews with her. There is a lot of speculation as to whether her death was an accident, suicide, or s
Aug 17, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I have not read many docu-novels. In fact, I could count how many on one hand. I have to say that after reading this one that there should be more docu-novels. This book is my first introduction to author, Adele Griffin. Wow, Mrs. Griffin can write. For a spilt moment I actually believed that this book was based on a real person. This is kudos to the author's writing skills and how well this book was put together. I read that the author was thinking of just writing the docu-novel and then she im ...more
Aug 12, 2014 NightlyReading rated it it was amazing
I was initially intrigued by the blurb of this book and was interested to learn all about Miss Addison Stone. What I learned was that this young girl, so full of life, had her share of problems just like the rest of us.

Addison was an up and coming brilliant artist. One to watch and boy did people watch. When she walked in the room, every eye was on her. It wasn't that she was beautiful, which she was, but the way that she carried herself with confidence that not a single person was better than h
The Bumble Girl {Margie}
This is the most unique and creative book that I have ever encountered. With the help of model pictures and donated pieces of art, Adele Griffin has been able to create the most realistic fictional-documented story I have ever read.

It always amazes me when I read a book where the main character's voice is barely present in the story, but, her presence, essence and livelihood is. With the supporting characters, the model who poses as Addison Stone, the website, etc. - they all bring together an
Jan 25, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai totalement adoré! je crois que ce sera mon coup de coeur du mois de janvier!

Addison Stone (Même étant un personnage fictif) a eu un si grand impact sur moi, tout comme sur les personnes qui l'ont côtoyé! Elle est belle, talentueuse , elle sort des normes & surtout assez perturbée.

Ce n'est franchement pas mon genre de lecture habituelle mais là, je suis choquée de voir à quel point ce roman m'a plu!
Love, love, love!

Addison Stone is a young artist who makes it big--she's the talk of New York City, dating the high society darlings, and her artwork sells for thousands. But, underneath it all, she's suffering from mental illness. The first page begins with a copy of her obituary. Was she murdered? Did she commit suicide? Was her fall from the bridge an accident?

Told in snippets of interviews, the book seems oh so real. The book is a piece of art--photographs of a striking Addison with her fri
Andrea Strube
Dec 24, 2014 Andrea Strube rated it it was amazing
1. The layout and formatting of this book was so awesome!

I’ve never read a book like this in my entire life. Not until I did a little digging on the book did I realize that Addison Stone was not a real person, just a figment of Griffin’s imagination. The whole thing is laid out in the form of interviews the author “conducted” with the people who were closest to Addison ranging from her high school boyfriend to her best friend to her family to her acquaintances in New York. There is a vast cast o
Barbara Schultz
Dec 16, 2014 Barbara Schultz rated it liked it
This story is indeed haunting and written in a unique format. Addison is a fictional character however the paintings are real which makes you think perhaps the story is about a real artist. The story has the viewpoints of many many people all talking about Addison.....but none are in Addison's voice. This format is unusual and different from my typical reads, I found it interesting. In fact, the first evening I went to bed with it heavy on my mind. I just finished reading "Miss Peregrine's Home ...more
Cool concept well designed and pulled off successfully. I am too old and grumpy to suspend disbelief about this young lady's many art achievements, so I didn't read the whole thing. But it's inspired by the oral history of Edie Sedgewick that I devoured as a teenager, so points for style. Kids, once you are done with this one, read that one for actual art star misbehavior.
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So f*cking creepy and sad!

The thing with Ida, the 'fake person in Addison's head" who convinced her to try kill herself, being a real person once and there being a photo of her in the same position as addy drew her..... Wow. Very haunting, and pretty sad. I recommend it for 13+ for language! and mature themes such as drug references.
Apr 28, 2014 Rhalee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a special, special project. I was hooked immediately and was sad when it was time to go to bed. Spent all the next day reading it: loved the story, loved the photos and art, and couldn't stop thinking about "chandelier girl."
Jan 01, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai donc terminé mon année 2015 avec une lecture atypique mais excellente.

J'ai adoré lire la biographie fictive de cette jeune artiste torturée. L'auteur a su avec brio que je crois dur comme fer à l'existence d'Addison de par la qualité de son histoire (car oui, malgré le ton biographique, il y a bien une intrigue de fond) et de par la qualité de l'écriture : l'auteur a réussi avec facilité à changer de voix selon la personne interviewé et c'était absolument brillant.

Je reproche un poil le f
D.F. Matthews
Sep 07, 2014 D.F. Matthews rated it it was amazing
One of the most captivating reads I've read in quite some time. Absolutely unique and breathtaking.
Ashley (Bookaholics Anonymous)
I absolutely loved this.
K.K. Hendin
Mar 22, 2014 K.K. Hendin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Review to come.
Laurie Flynn
Sep 24, 2015 Laurie Flynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This book has been on my TBR list for awhile-- I added it because I thought it sounded so unique, and right in the wheelhouse of the YA I like to read-- and when I saw it at my local library, I immediately picked it up. And proceeded to devour it.

THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE is by far one of the most original, imaginative, and thought-provoking books I've read. It has the style of a documentary, the flair of an artwork masterpiece, and the heart of a diary where secrets are spilled. The
Sep 12, 2015 Ariana rated it did not like it
Originally posted at: The Quirky Book Nerd

This novel is structured in a way that makes it sort of like the literary equivalent of “found footage”. It is a work of fiction, but it is written as if it were an actual biography about an up-and-coming young artist named Addison Stone, whose life ends very suddenly when she mysteriously falls from a bridge during an art installation. Adele Griffin writes as herself and functions as a journalist who is compiling this biography; she adds in short pieces
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