Monday, August 11, 2014

BLOG TOUR: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

                                                            *Created by Jennifer Gallman for Blog Tour

Release Date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Soho
ISBN: 978-1-61695-360-7

ARC Source: Soho

Addison Stone is a tremendously talented artist. She is ambitious and a bit of a prankster. At 18, she has everything. Trying to post a billboard at the Manhattan Bridge, she suddenly falls, and her drowned body is quickly recovered. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? Everyone in this book believes they know, and they waste no time divulging their theories.  

In much the same vein as Gail Giles’s What Happened to Cass McBride? (which my students absolutely love and beg to keep reading every day), Adele Griffin presents the fictional story of Addison Stone through many lenses, excluding Addison’s own. Set up as a true crime novel with images, artwork, and photographs, Griffin creates a novel that is as unique as it is creative.

Told through the voices of characters such as her brother, her parents, her best friend, her teachers, etc., readers are slowly able to put together the pieces of Addison’s life and death. Really, there’s nothing slow about this book. The way in which the novel is set up pushes the reader quickly through each chapter, stopping only to look at the provided images. In this way, the reader is able to piece together the artist with the teenage girl who feels the pressure of fame.  

In its own right, this book is as much a piece of artwork as Addison’s life. From struggling readers in my class to my most advanced students, I could easily hand them this book, and they would fall in love with the ease with which Griffin presents her characters through the interviews and documents.  

Adele Griffin’s The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone is a captivating patchwork of prose and art!

What do you think? Are you interested in meeting Addison?

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