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Title:
Another place
ISBN:
9781472114204
Publication:
London : Atom, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, [2017]
Physical Description:
281 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by Atom.
Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Claudette Flint is coming home from hospital after an escalating depression left her unable to cope. She may seem unchanged on the outside; but everything's different. The same could be said about her seaside hometown. A local teenager, Sarah, has disappeared. Sarah had a bad reputation round town; but now she's vanished the close-knit community seems to be unspooling. As the police investigate and the press digs around for dirt, small town scandals start to surface. What nobody knows yet is that Claudette and Sarah had a secret friendship. And that the last secret Sarah shared may be the key to the truth.
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Summary

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. She may seem unchanged on the outside; but everything's different. The same could be said about her seaside hometown.

A local teenager, Sarah, has disappeared. Sarah had a bad reputation round town; but now she's vanished the close-knit community seems to be unspooling.

As the police investigate and the press digs around for dirt, small town scandals start to surface. What nobody knows yet is that Claudette and Sarah had a secret friendship. And that the last secret Sarah shared may be the key to the truth.

After weeks of focusing solely on herself, Claudette realizes she is not the only part of the world that needs fixing - and that if she can piece together the fragments of Sarah's story, then maybe she can piece herself back together too.

Another Place is a novel about lost girls, recovered life - and the meaning of home.


Author Notes

Matthew Crow was born and raised in Newcastle. Having worked as a freelance journalist since his teens he has contributed to a number of publications including the Independent on Sunday and the Observer . He has written two novels for adults. The second, My Dearest Jonah , was nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize. His first YA novel, In Bloom, was much loved and much praised.


Reviews 2

Kirkus Review

Troubled teen relationships weave around each other in this British import.Claudette lives in a dying seaside town, dotted with boarded-up shops and once-grand houses turned to dilapidated squats. The white girl has just been released from inpatient psychiatric care after a bipolar episode at school, and her doctor has told her to come up with "small goals you can easily achieve, and a large goal to work towards." Her goal is to "find Sarah Banks," a local girl with a troubled past who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The story meanders, touching on Claudette's loving but contentious relationship with her father's girlfriend, an unlikely friendship with the neighborhood crank, and an assortment of boys ranging from wholesome to despicable. Numerous flashbacks show more of Claudette's history with the missing girl, but these never quite achieve an emotional urgency. Far more compelling is Claudette's exploration of and recovery from mental illness, set against the bleak landscape of her hometown, which is also when the most beautiful writing shines through. The time spent on less-compelling side characters and plot threads detracts from these moments, making for an uneven reading experience. This ambitious novel plods at times and pirouettes at others, like the angst-y readers who are the most likely to enjoy it. (Fiction. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

In his second YA novel, Crow (In Bloom, 2013) tells the story of 16-year-old Claudette in the weeks following her return home from the hospital, where she was staying after struggling through a spiraling episode of depression. As if trying to get back to normal isn't hard enough, a young girl named Sarah has gone missing, and Claudette just might know what happened to her. When Sarah's body is eventually found, Claudette's world begins to unravel again, certain discoveries leading her toward another possible descent into self-destruction. As her family and close friends try to dissuade her from getting in too deep, Claudette comes up with a dangerous plan to finally get Sarah's killer behind bars. The plot meanders at times, and the ending is less than surprising, but the overall narrative effectively explores depression, loss, and recovery in gritty detail. Bringing together emotional depth, melancholy, and lighthearted humor, Crow gradually reveals the complicated relationship between Claudette and the complex world around her.--Bittner, Rob Copyright 2017 Booklist