Dec 21, 10
Read in December, 2010
I actually think that I would rate this book a 3.5,but, unfortunately, that opportunity isn't available. Mathilda Savitch is a young teenager whose sister,Helene age 16, died almost exactly a year before. Mathilda believes that Helene was pushed in front of a train by an unknown man who easily got away from the station. Mathilda is trying to find the truth behind her sister's death, but her parents are emotionally locked down and unavailable to her. Mathilda has two goals--to find out about her sister's last year and her death and to shock her parents back to life by getting them to notice her because of her bad behavior. She launches her investigation into Helene's death by reading printed copies of emails that she finds in her sister's room and by examining Helene's most cherished possessions. Mathilda's quest leads her to understandings for which she was not prepared and the novel revolves around the twin themes of grief and imagination and reminds the reader that both can distort an individual's sense of reality.