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Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Emotional teen novel explores intense loss and grief.

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age 14+

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age 14+

"Emo" girl connects with Emily Dickinson

I think this would be particularly interesting for any teens who are familiar with Emily Dickinson's works or the town of Amherst and the Dickinson museum. This was a fun backdrop for the story of a modern day girl dealing with loss. The story tackles her mother's suicide, the disappearance of her best friend, and an innocent romance. Most of the tone is somber. The book has mature themes, but presented from the viewpoint of the main character, who is teetering between being a teen and an adult. The book touches on adult topics, but stays true to the interpretation of a mature teen aged girl. Historic references weave nicely into the modern world.

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This intensely emotional novel can be difficult to read at times; Claire struggles so much with her grief, retreating into herself, and often viewing the world through a very distorted lens. It's hard to watch her repeatedly run away, sputter, and try to tune out when things hurt too much. But by the same token, the book deals with extremely disturbing events, and Claire's reaction -- her suffering, her guilt -- seems quite realistic. Without being preachy, the book also sends a clear message about the importance of sharing feelings with trustworthy friends, and the dangers of teens entering into relationships with untrustworthy adults. The mystery element of the novel is brief and quickly resolved, but what's there is suspenseful and engaging. This is a meaningful book for teens who can handle serious emotional content.

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