Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Teen Tuesday: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
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National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.
From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.
My thoughts: OK I'm going to be honest. After I started reading this book, I had to do a reality check to see if Addison Stone was a real person - the interviews, artwork, and photographs seem very real! The novel is constructed as a "docu-novel", where the story is told via interviews of different friends, family members, teachers and romantic partners that knew Addison. The way the book flows together is a tribute to the writing skills of author Adele Griffin. I was pulled into Addison's story right away, even though you know it is going to be a sad, tragic tale. This is my book written by Adele Griffin, but I can tell you that I may just pick up one of her earlier books, like All You Never Wanted, Loud Awake and Lost, Tighter, or Where I Want to Be. Adele has a website, and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.