In 1999, there is a girl in a small town near L.A. in a coma (technically she’s suffering from a condition called akinetic mutism). People flock to her house just for a few minutes by her bedside. They say she can perform miracles, that she listens to them, that her room is alive, and that she glows. They call her “The Miracle Girl.”
After I finished reading this book, I did my customary Google search to get a picture of the cover. I found that this story is actually based on the real life of Audrey Santo. It’s kind of crazy to think that a lot of the things described in this book actually happened. Anyway, on to the review…
I thought the book was alright. It kept switching narrators, which isn’t my favorite thing, but I admit sometimes it can be done right. I don’t really think this was one of those times. Even though the narrators kept changing, I never felt like the voice changed, if that makes sense.
The writing was beautiful throughout–it had a very poetic flow to it. But it was the same poetic flow for John (the dad), Karen (the mom), Annabelle (the daughter), Linda (the PT person), Donald, Nathaniel, and all the other narrators. Because it all sounded like it was coming from the same person, I would have preferred it if the book had just one narrator.
That being said, the characters were very complex, and you can’t help but wonder “What would I have done?” The ending was a little abrupt, but I still liked it. I liked the last section…or epilogue or whatever it was, too. I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I thought the author did a good job.
Overall, the book was just okay. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but it did have its moments. The book comes out April 21st if you’re interested.
Overall Rating: 2
Sexual Content: Moderate
Language: Heavy, but spread throughout so it never really feels heavy.
Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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