Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Review - The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers

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Review by Suze
 
Kammie and her family moved to a new town and Kammie is doing her best to be part of the group of popular girls at school. It seems to be going well until the initiation process. Kammie discovers they didn't really plan to make her part of their group and set her up. She is now stuck in a well and she isn't even sure the girls are looking for help to get her out of it again. While she's being on her own for hours Kammie thinks about the recent changes in her life and the awful time before the move. She's alone in the dark without knowing if someone will come for her and Kammie feels lightheaded, thirsty and famished and to make matters worse she thinks something is hungry for her. Will she be rescued on time?
 
The Girl in the Well Is Me is a beautiful heartbreaking story. Kammie's family moved because of something her father has done. While Kammie was used to having a lot of friends she has to start over at a new school and that isn't easy, especially since she finds out how mean the popular girls actually are the hard way. I had tears in my eyes when I read about her predicament, but Kammie is strong and she doesn't give up easily. I loved her from the start, she's a sweet girl with too much on her plate and at a young age she's already learned so much about life. That was interesting, but at the same time very difficult to read about. Kammie is being bullied and she's lonely, but she doesn't despair, which is quite admirable. Even though being in a well is scary she acknowledges she's afraid and tries to distract herself, which makes her incredibly brave. She's a fabulous heroine for a book because she is such a versatile and sympathetic person.
 
Not every child has it easy and The Girl in the Well Is Me is an example of that. It's an honest emotional story with plenty of sadness, but also hope. Karen Rivers has a wonderful descriptive writing style, it's both vivid and smooth. Most of the story is set in the same space, the well, and she's cleverly managed to turn this small confined location into something really big with unlimited possibilities. It's never gruesome, but it is a bit creepy and it definitely made my imagination run wild. Karen Rivers is a creative writer with a great imagination and I loved this amazing nerve-racking story.
 
Advice
 
Because The Girl in the Well Is Me is psychologically interesting, the book is suitable for both adults and children.

16 comments:

  1. Moving to a new school is never easy, but it sounds like she had it really bad!
    Dianna

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  2. Gosh, I hate bullies and I love every book written about it.

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  3. This sounds really good and a must for every school library.

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  4. This sounds really good and a must for every school library.

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  5. I'm assuming she gets out of the well & I'd really like to know how.

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  6. I like books that have a psychological element.

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  7. Might not be for me, but it sounds thoughtful and important.

    --Trix

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  8. Kammie seems to have a very hard life.

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  9. I love books about children, especially with a lot of reality in them. This book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the review.

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  10. Being bullied myself for most of my school years, I can relate. I'd have to be in the right mood to handle this book. I wish there had been books like this when I was young.

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  11. I'd love to read it. I like YA with a bit of struggle like this.

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  12. This sounds so emotional. I remember starting a new school when I was young. It wasn't a very good time in my life. I eventually made friends, but it wasn't easy.

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  13. I hadn't come across this one, nor the author, before; sounds like an interesting read, thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. It sounds like a really good read!

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  15. Sounds like something I could read & discuss in class. I'm always looking for stories with an anti-bullying message.

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