A strong novel by author of I Am Amelia Earhart. Though only fourteen years old, Beckett leads a life that most adults would consider daunting. Living with her widowed father in New York City, she sees herself perpetually on the edge of the world she surveys; an outsider peering in at cynical teachers and the "in-crowd" of Beautiful Girls. Drawn to an omn
It's been quite a while since I've read a horror novel, I've had Innocence on my stack for a few weeks and I decided if jump into it and give it a try, I'm so glad I did because it's a very mysterious and haunting novel that's very reminiscent of horror classics such as Rosemary's Baby and Suspiria. There's an overwhelming amount of dread built up in t ...more
first review: like a very involving, very intense, very concise, very smart horror film. not much blood ...more
The book is allegorical. The things the narrator, Beckett, sees and experiences are representative of how she feels about the changes going on in her life: her mother dies, she starts a new school, her dad meets and marries someone new, etc. We never really know if the events taking pl ...more
Enter at your own risk.
Jane had managed to spike my curiosity. This is a very Gothic read that are really not recommended for emo or easily depressed people. The writing is simple yet enchanting. I find myself struggling to understand what is going on on ...more
I want more books!
In the beginning Beckett loses her mom and is living with her dad. Shes at school and meets the school nurse, Pamela, who met Becketts dad a ...more
I honestly can't decide if I liked or disliked this book. It was just so weird. The book is full of beautiful, vivid and powerful imagery and metaphor. Jane Mendelsohn did a wonderful job with her dreamy, poetic style. Her plot, however, was extremely crazy. Possibly literally crazy, but who knows because you can't be sure what is reality and what is fantasy. I was thoroughly confused and concluded that Beckett had to be a schizophrenic early on in the book. By the time I got to the end I didn't ...more
*And now, they're even turning it into a movie. Gross!* https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...
I bought this one a whim from the Bargain section for $3.99 less 30%. This is the kind of book I want to write. A dark and disturbing tone throughout, a poetic - yet monotone - narrative voice, and blurred edges with dreams. It's a coming of age fairytale in New York City. I didn't think I would like it, but it captivated me. I want to find her other book, I Was Amelia Earhart.
|"Innocence" by Jane Mendelsohn being turned into a movie!||2||19||Feb 11, 2013 03:41PM|
She is the author of three novels: the best-selling I Was Amelia Earhart, shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and Innocence, and American Music. Published to wide acclaim by Knopf in 2010, American Music is now out in paperback from Vintage.