HELLO!!! Sorry for the post so late in the day, the brother has the sickness and I was his guardian for today. Why am I speaking in broken sentences? Well it might have to do with this book, ONE THING STOLEN! Keep on reading for my review and don't forget to enter the giveaway :) Let's go...
Title: One Thing Stolen
Authors: Beth Kephart
Published Date: April 14th, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Source: provided for review
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Something is not right with Nadia Cara.
While spending a year in Florence, Italy, she's become a thief. She has secrets. And when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. Nadia finds herself trapped by her own obsessions and following the trail of an elusive Italian boy whom only she has seen.
Can Nadia be rescued or will she simply lose herself altogether?
Set against the backdrop of a glimmering city, One Thing Stolen is an exploration of obsession, art, and a rare neurological disorder. It is a celebration of language, beauty, imagination, and the salvation of love.
Honestly, this book was "WOAW!" to me and even though it was very poignant there was also a sense of Hope. From the very start I was captivated by the writing, the story, the words, and Nadia. I must admit, I love poetry, so going into Nadia's head was like reading poetry and trying to decipher the words to create the picture. But I do understand why some people didn't click with the book.
The book at first is a bit chaotic as Nadia is and maybe the chaos and the interruptions did distract from the story but they helped make Nadia into this real girl who really lost herself in Florence. Her inner struggles, her mind was a strange and beautiful place to be and especially to read about. I loved Nadia's BFF Maggie and I love that the book was in three parts and every chapter had a feather.
Towards the middle there was something I wasn't expecting but it got us to understand Nadia through Maggie's POV. We also learn of the condition Nadia has and it opened my eyes to something new and terrifyingly wondrous. Maggie stuck with Nadia and was a true friend. I went into this thinking there would be romance but the bond of friendship was the strongest element that kept hope alive. One thing that was confusing was the changing in the POV because I hadn't even noticed Maggie was the one talking until the third chapter in the second part.
In the end there was a lot that was uncertain but there was also hope. I did have lots of feels and especially wished that Maggie had found Benedetto for Nadia. Overall, I was captivated and enjoyed the beauty of the story. There was just the flaw with the changing POV that made this go to a four star book. Definitely try this if you love poetry and want to open your mind to something new.
I was a child writer-dreamer who never strayed far from that path.
Today I’m the award-winning author of seventeen books—dreaming my way toward more by night, while running a boutique marketing communications firm by day.
I'm privileged to teach creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania in spring semesters.
I love writing about the intersection of place and memory for the Philadelphia Inquirer. I am honored to review literature for the Chicago Tribune. Always and most importantly, I am privileged to be a mom.
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