A small town. A missing schoolgirl. A terrible secret. And one girl’s fight to survive.
Sixteen-year-old Claudette Flint is coming home from hospital after an escalating depression left her unable to cope. Released into the care of her dad, she faces the daunting task of piecing herself back together.
She may look unchanged; but everything’s different. The same could be said about her seaside hometown: this close-knit community seems to be unspooling in the wake of the sudden disappearance of one of her schoolmates, Sarah.
As the police investigate and the press dig around for dirt, small town secrets start to surface – and Claudette must do everything in her power to keep her head above water.
Another Place is a novel about lost girls – and the meaning of home.
Another Place is a book that requires two reviews. It requires this one, where we allude to all the greatness that is Another Place in a vague and amusing manner because the book doesn’t come out for another two weeks and even though we love talking in spoilers, WE DON’T LOVE SPOILERS BEFORE ANYONE HAS HAD A CHANCE TO READ THE DAMN BOOK.
And it require the review we have yet to type where we discuss all our deeper thoughts on a book which we can’t help, but compare to The Deviants.
We’re not comparing the two novels because they’re carbon copies of one another, but because they’re in the same vein of literature.
Another Place and The Deviants are Young Adult Contemporary novels that have honesty and tragedy twined together at their cores.
So, the first thing we noticed was the voice of our narrator Claudette. She has a quality to her voice that gives her life off the page because she’s truthful and frank and flawed in her character. She’s had years of carrying the weight of hopelessness on her shoulders before we meet her and we think she’s quite resilient.
It takes so much inner strength to piece yourself back together again and again knowing that one day sooner or later, you’re going to fall apart once more and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.
We’ve seen a great uptake in the depicting of people with bipolar in the last few years. From Shameless US with Ian Gallagher to here with Claudette Flint. We’ve seen more and more characters battle with depression and we like the fact that we’re seeing this.
We like that we’re seeing disorders and mental health on the page and on screen because it’s illuminating.
By page thirty three of Another Place, we were tearing up. Our small and shrivelled heart had expanded to feel emotion for a fictional character and it was wonderful in a tear stained, puffy face kind of way.
Don’t look at us. We’re ugly when we cry.
We’re the first ones to complain about the fact that so often Young Adults are smoothed out to an extent that it’s hard to see the emotional upheaval and the roller coaster that is teenage life. There’s no cursing. No fighting. No close up and frank sexual references and it’s a little nauseating seeing such wholesome characters sometimes.
So, we were shocked that we were shocked when we got what we wanted.
Claudette curses. Claudette is brutal and direct. She and her best-friend have barely any boundaries. Claudette tells you what she wants and when she wants it.
She has a love/hate relationship with her Dad’s girlfriend that was hilarious because it was so blatantly obvious that the two of them care about each other. There were exchanges of sarcasm and wit and it was immensely refreshing.
This book is quite possibly a five star read and we’re saying that having read it weeks ago and forgotten for more than a few hours the other day what and who Another Place was about.
There’s so, so much for us to talk about when it comes to what Matthew Crow has written and we’ll talk about it all later, in three weeks, when you’ve opened up your copy and raced through the thing are dying to to talk about all the juicy little details that are practically gossip worthy and make you want to burst.
WE WILL TALK ABOUT ALL OF THAT THEN, BUT FIRST…
There’s an investigation going on in Claudette’s hometown because there’s a missing girl and terrible secrets hidden under picturesque beach views. There’s a missing girl and a race to find her,
There’s also a race for Claudette to find herself. Interestingly with this book being lost doesn’t just mean being physical lost or lost in life. It means both and sometimes, as you’ll discover, piecing oneself back together means forgetting the pieces that made you who you were and finding the pieces that will make you someone you probably never expected to be.
(Isn’t that just inspirational?)
To conclude, it is in our not at all humble opinion that you need to buy this book and read this book and tell others about this book because we want it to sell well and be received well and we want Kleenex to wonder why so many people are buying boxes of tissues only to discover that all those new customers are bookworms and then for everything to make sense.
Thanks for reading our review!