Family (ARC) by Micol Ostow
Pub. Date: April 26th, 2011
Age Level: 15+
Source: For review from publisher.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is an ARC and passages and quotes below are subject to change in the final copy.
Synopsis via Goodreads
i have always been broken. i could have. died.
and maybe it would have
been better if i had.
It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and—best of all—a family. One that will embrace her and give her love. Because family is what Mel has never really had. And this new family, Henry’s family, shares everything. They share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs. And if Mel truly wants to belong, she will share in everything they do. No matter what the family does, or how far they go.
Told in episodic verse, family is a fictionalized exploration of cult dynamics, loosely based on the Manson Family murders of 1969. It is an unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they’ll go to to make themselves “whole” again.
Mel; pg. 44
i think about mirror-mel, wonder what people see behind my eyes. wonder if i would even recognize what lies there, myself. wonder if in any traces of my dark shadow-self remain.
Mel; p. 294
the world is back.
i am back.
i enhale, sharp and full,
and just like that--
the underneath has settled,
and i can see colors again.
the sorts of shades that
paint the corners of you consciousness.
the sorts of shades that
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