On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira's mother and brother on the mainland. Nothing will ever be the same. A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira's home. A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to carry onto somehow hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future. Gripping and poetic, This Is the Story of You is about the beauty of nature and the power of family, about finding hope in the wake of tragedy and recovery in the face of overwhelming loss....
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This Is the Story of You Reviews
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.
I’ll admit that I have some conflicting thoughts about this book. This is the Story of You follows a teenage girl named Mira as the tiny island she calls home is unexpectedly struck by a devastating storm. I’m truly not sure where to begin with my thoughts on this book, because, well, nothing really happens in the story. I mean, a number of separate events occur, but the author fails to connect them in any way or provide context for the reader re: why ...more
3.5 Haven, an island off the Jersey shore, Mira and her friends are year rounders, wait for the summer tourists to leave so their lives are their own again. Mira'a brother has the very rare Hunter's syndrome and her mother takes him to the mainland for treatment. This is where they will be stuck, leaving Mira on the island, when Hurricane Sandy hits. A storm that was predicated to miss the town of Haven.
The writing in this is very different, had to get used to it, beautifully descriptive but sho ...more
3.5 stars I don't have feelings anymore, I'm numb to the core. What the heck just happened in this book? I was loving it then i wasn't, then again and again same pace... What. The. Heck. Has. The. World. Gotten. Into?
Just a minor mistakes I had to go through:
First of all, at the starting I had trouble following along and it took maybe a couple or more chapters to know where the person stands in the book. Also, this book has sections and theirs 3 sections and when one section started I got confus ...more
Wow, this book is really complex, especially on the emotional side of things. Mira is a girl who considers herself average, but I think is a lot more than just average. She lives on a barrier island near New Jersey, loves taxonomy, and has a brother with the extremely rare Hunter Syndrome. Her mode of transportation around the island is a pair of roller skates, which I thought was pretty cool for a 21st century character. In other words, Mira is a richly developed character who has many unusual ...more
Thanks to Raincoast Books for providing me with a copy of this book to read for review. All opinions are my own.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful and frightening, but it was so beautifully written that sometimes you forgot it took place in the middle of a superstorm.
I really liked the layout, three parts and how the story was fairly equally divided between before the storm and after the storm. You get this image of a charming little island town, then ravaged by the sea.
This is a story about Hurricane Sandy, so it happened just last year or so, but when all systems are down and everything is wrecked you could just as easily be decades ago or in some dystopian future.
This is a story told by your artsy friend who seems so spacey and talks in circles but sees things others don't and you love her for that.
--reviewed from an advance reader's copy. Please support your local independent bookstore if you choose to buy this book--
Beth Kephart is one of my favorite young adult authors because her sophisticated writing challenges teens to think for themselves. In literary prose Kephart explores real world issues through complex characters and surreal imagery. Well-developed adult characters make her books cross over easily to grown ups too. Her evocative settings transport the reader to another world. Don't you love her latest cover?
This is a Story of You is a modern parable of the horrors of climate change. When a storm c ...more
This book is This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart and while I was reading it I found it to be very interesting. When I first started reading the book, This is the Story of You I thought it was going to be boring. There were a couple of events and the characters that made me think otherwise. One of the characters in this book was Shift. No one really knows who he is, not his last name either. No one has a clue as to who he is. Another character in this book is a girl named Eva. Eva is a clos ...more