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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.
Because The Girl in the Well Is Me is psychologically interesting, the book is suitable for both adults and children.