Wednesday, February 4, 2009


written by Kathryn Reiss

This book is both highly unique and easy to relate to at the same time, as Kathryn Reiss is quite a genius at writing stories with both qualities. It is very interesting to read a story about triplets, as opposed to the standard twin stories. The dynamic is completely different and Violet's take on being an outsider, a 'Baby' was truly insightful. It's the mix of genres that sells this book to me. I very publicly despise Historical Fiction novels, but this isn't really a HF book. It certainly has those elements with the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, but there's plenty of mystery along the way, as well as your typical YA realism, a girl growing up and making her way through life. There's something for everyone and it's truly great, Reiss seamlessly blends all these great genres together. As well as weaving genres together, the storylines are beautifully interconnected, with a big end reveal that was well worth the wait. There's not enough praise I can shower upon this book--it really doesn't get the recognition it deserves--from the great characters to the amazing title. The only complaint I really have is a nitpicky format one-the text is obnoxiously tiny, but that's just my copy.

Rating: 5/5

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