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Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle
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Sep 10, 2012

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Read from September 03 to 06, 2012

Lucretia is a bit of an awkward adolescent girl whose best friend, Sunny, is dying of cancer. Lucretia puts her birthday celebration on hold for Sunny, who is in the hospital undergoing another round of treatment. But on the day that Sunny is supposed to come over, a number of weird things occur. It starts with Lucretia's brother telling her the story of the Kroons who live in apartment 6D of their building. Louis tells Lucretia that the Kroons have been locked in their apartment because they are grotesque, damaged, and dangerous from excessive drug use. While Lucretia is waiting for Sunny to show up, a Kroon shows up on her fire escape and presents her with Sunny's hat. Lucretia wants to know why the Kroon has Sunny's hat so follows her up the fire escape and into apartment 6D. Once there, Lucretia discovers another world and is forced to venture into dark and scary unknowns to find and save her best friend. Lucretia is chased through a forested park by disfigured Kroon boys, she is attacked by flying rats in a dark playground, and she is forced to accept the aid of the Kroon sister, Alice, to find Sunny. Once Lucretia finds Sunny she quickly realizes she is going to lose her, forever. Sunny offers Lucretia the chance to come with her to a heavenly baseball stadium, but Lucretia decides it is not her time and she has more life to live with her mother and brother.

When Lucretia returns home and tells her mother of her adventures in 6D, her mother does not believe her. A year later Lucretia is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. So, is it a grief reaction to losing the one person who loved and understood her, or is it the workings of a broken mind?

Good book. The adventure in 6D and the exploration of mental illness and grief is fascinating.

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