Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Review: Hidden by Helen Frost

Title: Hidden
Author: Helen Frost
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2011)

My Rating: ✭✭✭✩✩


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

When Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra's father steals a minivan. He doesn't know that Wren is hiding in the back. The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls. Darra is left with a question that only Wren can answer. Wren has questions, too.

Years later, in a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time. They can finally learn the truth—that is, if they're willing to reveal to each other the stories that they've hidden for so long. Told from alternating viewpoints, this novel-in-poems reveals the complexities of memory and the strength of a friendship that can overcome pain.


My Review:

This book was interesting. Good, but interesting. 

While this wasn’t too strange or anything—it was easily a juvenile book—it still lacked the quality to be amazing. Maybe I’m only saying this because I’m not a huge novels-in-verse person, but I still think it could have been better. Not that I disliked the book. But it could have been better.

Plot: Like I said, normally I’m not a fan of novels in verse, and to be honest, this wasn’t an exception. I still disliked the verse style, but the story was interesting enough; I still did find it well done. The story moved along quickly; it was a very fast read, as I read it in one sitting. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it! On the positive side, the perspective change was very, very good. Both Wren and Dara had their own voices, distinctive and full of personality. 

Overall, I liked it, but that’s about it. Nothing I loved, nothing I disliked. To me, it was a story, a simple story; nothing more. A good story, but still, just a story. 3.0 stars.

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