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Picture Me Gone

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  4,143 ratings  ·  744 reviews
Mila is on a roadtrip across the USA with her father. They are looking for his best friend but Mila discovers a more important truth. Sometimes the act of searching reveals more than the final discovery can. Adults do not have all the answers. It all depends what questions you ask.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Puffin Books
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Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Not everything you want to know is explained properly on Google."

Just for featuring that sentence, I love this book.

But apart from containing that sentence, which I have quoted unknowingly a million times to my googlaholic children, it is also a beautiful story about a girl confronted with the problems of the grown-up world, set up as a quest to solve a mystery.

There are brilliant, wonderful language reflections, showing the importance of finding the right words and translating not only betw
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This reads like the sort of self-consciously literary book that wins awards and ends up on school curriculums to be dutifully read by bored middle schoolers, forced to explore the themes of adulthood vs. childhood or friendship and communication. I admired most of the writing and kept reading to find out what happened without really connecting emotionally with any of it. The voice of the main character was consistently appealing but I found her unconvincing as a twelve-year-old and her special p ...more
Jenn Estepp
My first Rosoff. I am underwhelmed. I didn't quite buy Mila's "special abilities" and I found the voice to be, while consistent, way older than twelve.
Mar 28, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

Can not continue. Do not connect with the story.
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read the issues people have had with Picture Me Gone but I don't share them. I found this book completely engaging and I liked the way my assumptions were turned upside down. How often in life does the exotic and exciting turn out to be far more mundane than we imagine? Daily life is full of those split-second actions and decision that can turn tragic in the blink of an eye. How we manage those is the real stuff of life as Mila realizes. Her expectations and ours as readers of some dramatic ...more
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Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever seen a terrier at work? It stands stock-still, quivering all over with anticipation, waiting for the moment the slip collar comes off. Then there’s a fraction of a second where it seems to explode, launching itself forward at its prey. And a terrible snarling and growling and shaking and squeaking as it gets to grips, quite literally, with the rat. It’s not nice, but it is impressive. And quick.

It is not a sense of responsibility or a desire to please that makes a dog do this. It’s
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A bit of a mystery novel, as a teen and her dad fly from London to New York to search for his missing friend. Emphasis is on the characters' relationships, rather than being a fast-paced thriller. It was a bit slow in the middle, but held my interest to the end. 
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The MC was pretentious in a way somewhat similar to John Green in that the 12-year-old protagonist is very wise beyond their years. There were subtle instances of sexism that colored her worldview that really irritated me, particularly because she was supposedly very wise beyond her years. There was also a subtle condemnation of how secondary characters lived their lives that gave off extreme why-isn't-everyone-as-smart-as-me-vibes. It passed the time at work but overall, wasn't exactly worth th ...more
Sara Grochowski
Rosoff, as always, delivers a stunning, emotional read with PICTURE ME GONE. 12-year old Londoner, Mila, has accompanied her father, Gil, to New York where is estranged best friend, Matthew, has disappeared. Mila notices things. An observer with a keen eye, she connects small details others dismiss or overlook. She's puzzled by Matthew's disappearance, and as she and Gil attempt to unravel the mysteries of Matthew's life - his motives, his relationships, his guilt - Mila comes to realize big ide ...more
Tomoko Miyakoshi
Full of mysteries, full of secrets. Who knew translating was such an emotional process.
Mila's ability to read into people deeper than normal somewhat connected to her father's job. Not sure if I liked where the story was left, but I did enjoy this as a binge read.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not that bad but also not that good. I liked it but i was waiting more mysterious things! That's why i give 3 out of 5 stars
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a contemplative, unusual and thoughtful story. 11+
Recommended to Becky by: Stacey (prettybooks)
This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic.

Astoundingly honest, raw and insightful. Whoa.
I'm kind of blown away.

There’s nowt so queer as folk, as Gil the father of the main protagonist in Picture Me Gone would say, and he sure was right.

Meg Rosoff is a fascinating writer. Her style is bizarre but distinct and has a sort of understand brilliance about it. I have a feeling it will divide readers, causing just as many people to hate this novel as well as love it. When I first beg
L.E. Fidler
this book was so not as good as i needed it to be.

i picked this one up because it seemed "important" and "award-winning". not that book awards are really ever a reason to read a book. it also promised the vague potential of mystery with an unexpected detective (a 12ish year old girl with sherlockian powers of observation). all of that sweetened the deal. then it started off with how the protagonist had been named after a dog and i began to lose my faith a little.

not that being named after a dog
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things I loved about this book? The little, well-observed observations about life in north New York State. What people eat for breakfast in a motel. What they sell in Wallmart. I also liked the fact that Mila's family and friends had an eclectic and interesting background. The characters were well-drawn and believable.
Things I didn't like about this book? The single draw in this book is 'what's happened to Matthew'. But Matthew, the central character in all of this, isn't a young adult, he's a g
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-dutch
4,25 stars
Until 50 pages before the end, this book was definitely a five-starred book for me. But I didn't like the ending at all. Why? Because it felt like the author wanted to "teach" us something. Though that's pretty much always what an author wants to, this "lesson' was way too obvious, and I always feel uncomfortable with that.
Okay, BUT I liked the rest of this book so much! This book looks like a cute contemporary, but it's a detective story. It was really interesting. It was weird to rea
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend who was blown away by the story, and I'm so glad I took her suggestion. It's a quick read but a powerful one, with not a lot of action but an abundance of emotion. The characters are rich and fascinating, and the writing is beautiful, and it left me extremely thoughtful which to me is part of the definition of a great book. Thanks Becky :).
Jody Casella
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There should be a 6 star category for Meg Rosoff books. That is all.
Stacey (prettybooks)
I first saw the cover for Picture Me Gone quite a while before it was published and I thought it was going to be a silly, whimsical story. (I think it reminded me of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy !). But the categories on Goodreads are pretty accurate: young adult, mystery, contemporary, family, road trip and coming-of-age.

Mila is a twelve-year-old whose maturity means that you cannot tell her age just by listening to her. She's both intuitive and rational at the same time. She can tel
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
3.5 stars.

As I get older, the most baffling thing to me is how I still apparently have the emotional maturity of a 16-year-old. I've been waiting – probably since I turned 30 – to feel like I've got it all figured out. Now that I'm on the other side of 40, I'm understanding that there's no such thing as figuring it all out. And that's the important lesson Mila learns in Picture Me Gone: adults are all just 16 year-old-kids, only with mortgages and kids of their own.

It's a book where not much hap
Sally Kruger
Twelve year old Mila is looking forward to an adventure with her father. Traveling from their home in London to visit her father's best friend in New York should provide something to brag about when she gets back home. She promises her mother she will watch out for her absent-minded father and they depart.

The first disappointment comes when Mila discovers "New York" means a thinly populated area of upstate New York not the hustle and bustle of New York City. The second unfortunate element of the
Jessica S
***Disclaimer: I won this as a Goodreads First Reads winner. This did not shape my opinion in any way.***

This book just wasn't for me. I couldn't get into it, and I didn't feel any connection to almost any of the characters. I think that one important aspect of a book, at least for myself, is understanding or at least liking the protagonist. But I just couldn't connect or feel almost anything for Mila.

Now, the books isn't terrible, but it just wasn't great, in my opinion. The plot felt very lack
Harold Underdown
I would call Picture Me Gone "edgy," but that implies violent or dark, and it's more than that. You could call it a psychological mystery novel for middle-grade readers, and that would be closer. In it, the narrator is about to travel with her father from the UK to the US, to visit his oldest friend, when the friend disappears. They go ahead with the trip, hoping to be able to find him. The narrator prides herself on her powers of perception, and she uncovers a number of small mysteries about th ...more
Jenni Frencham
Mila is really good at solving mysteries and noticing details that others don't. When her dad's friend disappears, she accompanies her dad to the United States to help find his friend. Along the way, Mila picks up on a lot of clues that others would miss, but she misses the most important clue of all. When that information is uncovered, Mila has to decide whom she should trust.

This book sounds a lot more thrilling than it actually is. The story isn't bad, although Mila, being British, notices an
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book a lot and appreciated its strong writing and sense of depth of characters. But, my question is this: how many quirky, adult-like young adults can we read about before it seems like a "easy way out for the author." It is easy to write in the voice of a kid who acts and thinks like an adult, much harder to get in the head of an actual kid.
Also, I felt that many kids would not be all that interested in reading about the disappearance of an adult, and once they understood
Adrienne Michetti
A dark, slightly mysterious book about complex lives told from the perspective of an intuitive girl who is uncomfortably in between childhood and adulthood. Her ability to navigate this complicated space and understand the relationships of those around her and wisdom that can be learned from them is explored through her narrative here. I would not say this book is compelling, but it's well-written, accessible, and layered with much to unpack from both an emotional and a literary perspective.
Astrid Lim
I love this book so much. The main character is easily likable, the family issues are serious without being pretentious, and the setting is so vivid. Mila is probably one of the best narrators I've ever encountered. And the ending- although a bit vague, is very thought provoking :) recommended!
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I really enjoyed this book and got a little weepy at unexpected parts (like characters interacting with a dog), but I gotta say I wish it felt as "in the moment" as it presents itself to be. What more can the author really do, right? It's already present tense. It's already told in real-time (with only a couple acknowledgments that its author has knowledge of what is about to happen next). It's already got the flouting of traditional punctuation that makes it feel more dreamlike and less ...more
Taylor Johnson
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg Rosoff's Picture Me Gone is a good example of a quality young adult novel. It presents a nice representation of a parent-teen relationship. Rosoff shows how relationships with your parents can be good or bad or both at the same time. This is good for young adults to see that it is okay to not have a perfect relationship with your parent(s). She also shows in the book how not everyone is who they seem to be. This is a good lesson for young teens to learn; even if you have known them for a lon ...more
Lieselot Mauroo
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Becca Dobie
This was a simple, but fascinating story and I found the character, especially Milla (who reminded me a bit of myself at that age) very intriguing. The story was engaging and interesting from start to finish, with an abundance of emotion thrown in. I was able to really connect to the story, and most of all connect to the character of Milla (despite her being a child). Only the second Meg Rosoff book I've read, but I found her to be a very good writer and look forward to reading more of her work ...more
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Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and had three or four careers in publishing and advertising before she moved to London in 1989, where she lives now with her husband and daughter. Formerly a Young Adult author, Meg has earned numerous prizes including the highest American and British honors for YA fiction: the Michael L. Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal.

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