The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli
The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli is a novel written as a hybrid of a bizarre television script. With prose resulting in quick, readable, deftly crafted scenes. What starts off innocently told through the voice of a 12 year old girl (Beatie Scareli) is the story of how the young girl tries to make sense of her life through a nickelodeon view of the world.
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by C.B. Smith
Fear is palpable, darkness looming; the netherworld of the darkness never sleeps. Beatie Scareli indeed has her hands full. An abusive father, a mother slowly slipping into Schizophrenia, a twelve year old girl hanging on for the terror trip as her world collapses, bring us face to face with a most unforgiving tableau. Emotional and physical abuse run rampant, while implications of sex, molestation, and potential rape are perceptively on the slow simmer. But the boi ...more
The best example of this is when Beatie’s mom, convinced that she is Lucy Ricardo, go ...more
Regular readers will know that I maintain about as liberal a review policy here at CCLaP as I possibly can; specifically, that I promise to review any book that any author bothers to take the time to send to me, even self-published ones, and in fact to give it the same thousand-word sometimes humorous ...more
Beatie is a girl who you never really get to know. A girl who sort of slips through your day with little more than glance at best and a quick and quirky lie to your face at worst. We see snippets of a life. Is this how we see people in ...more
They left me sad, feeling those hollow places that are always inside me, wondering what could have been if I hadn't experienced an unrequited relationship like Tom Hansen's love for Summer, or if the abuse I'd suffered as a boy had been coupled with a mad mother who kept me always on the edge of chaos.
500 Days of Summer and The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli are different. They are. But so much of ...more
A review of Ginetta Correli's "the Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli", by J de Salvo
"The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli" is the kind of book I love to hate, yet it's a book I love. It is -sigh- a coming of age story.
I love to hate coming of age stories. There are far too many of them, first of all, and secondly one always gets the feeling that the author is making that sloppy, common mistake which David Foster Wallace called "assuming the reader cares". Most coming of age stories are awful, speci ...more
Ginnetta Correli’s, ‘The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli’ is a uniquely crafted tale of a young girl living in a highly dysfunctional family, traveling through life’s extremes. We follow 12-year-old, Beatie Scareli as she faces many of today’s most horrific situations, abuse, undiagnosed mental illness, alcoholism as she attempts to unravel and solve her dire circumstances. The author has masterfully created the story as a television script, v ...more
The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli is one of those titles I had heard about on the fringes of various groups I hang out on the fringes of, in the odd google alert, etc., for a few years, with enough frequency that I figured I would have to sit down and read it eventually. I have an ebook version of it, and when I found myself caught out one day with a two-hour wait, having just finished off Jordan Krall's Fistful of Fee ...more
However, Beatie, an adolescent girl who is coming of age in a pathological family, sears herself into one's consciousness until the reader is rooting for her to ... survive? overcome? find meaning?
Beatie's ability to accept outrages that might crush others (and often catalyze similar memories in the reader) implies an inner strength of which she is not yet aware. A strength we al ...more