Escape Velocity by Robin Stevenson
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Book of Your Shelf? No
Why I read it: First Reads
is a teenager living in Alberta with her father, and she's miserable.
She has no life, no friends, and her father's deteriorating health and
prescription drug addictions are driving her mad. Her mother, a famous
poet and author, left minutes after she was born. They reconnected when
she was a older, but things have happened since that makes it difficult
for them to speak to each other. When the unthinkable happens and Lou's
dad ends up in the hospital after a stroke, she is shipped off to live
with the mother she hardly knows. Lou decides to make the best of the
situation and tries to figure out why her mother left. She is convinced
the answer will be found somewhere in her mother's writing, but the
conclusion Lou draws is not a happy one.
Lou rubbed me the wrong
way. The author seemed to be trying to make her optimistic and hopeful,
but it just didn't seem to come across the pages right. She had few
original ideas and it often seemed like she just didn't get it - any of
it. The situation between her and her father seemed extremely
unrealistic and I had a hard time relating to them. The strain between
Lou and her mother really held the story together for me. With both of
them trying to figure their lives and themselves out, they keep missing
what really matters most in their relationship.
I saw most of the
final twist coming, but it was a bit more dramatic than I anticipated.
The book ended nicely for me - it left things open to continue in the
imagination, but closed enough to give me resolution.