Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lark - Tracey Porter

*Rating*: 4/5 Stars


When sixteen-year-old Lark Austin is kidnapped from her Virginia hometown and left to die in a snowy forest, she leaves behind two friends who are stunned by the loss. As Lark's former best friend, Eve can't shake the guilt that this tragedy was somehow her fault. Meanwhile, Nyetta is haunted each night by Lark's ghost, who comes through the bedroom window and begs Nyetta to set her soul free. Eve and Nyetta realize that Lark is trapped in limbo, and only by coming together to heal themselves will they discover why.

Tracey Porter's stunning narrative about love and loss demonstrates that forgiveness can never come too late.
 



   What can I say about this book? Well for starters, it was very unique. I don't think I've come across a book like it so far. It's a tragic story about a 16 year old girl in Virginia who gets kidnapped and murdered. I won't go too far intohow she died, but I will say this: It's a horrible way to die. If you think about it, it may sound a bit like the Lovely Bones, but it's not. If anything, it's probably a more censored version of the Lovely Bones, but still not suitable for younger readers. 

   What made this book so unique was not the way Lark died, but what happened after she dies. Ever heard of murdered girls turning into trees? Well, that's what her younger friend Nyetta is convinced happened to her. Now, of course, it's hard to determine whether or not this is true, or just coming from the mind of an extremely grief-stricken twelve year old, but thankfully, you find out the truth at the end. 

   Lark captures your attention from the first page and keeps you reading until you get to the end. It stirs up a bunch of different questions and feeling throughout the novel that you feel you just HAVE to have answered. Porter wrote this novel brilliantly and will have you hooked as you switch back and forth between the present and past with Lark and her two friends Nyetta and Eve.

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