Title: Picture Me Gone
Author: Meg Rosoff
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Number of Pages: 256
Picture Me Gone follows Mila and her dad on a road trip looking for the dad’s missing friend, who left his wife and baby and disappeared. Mila is an odd duck. Her narration kind of reminded me of Christopher John Francis Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, in that she saw the world differently and she was very bright but also naïve.
I liked her relationship with her parents, which was very offbeat but loving. Her dad was a flaky and eccentric intellectual type and he reminded me of people I’ve known in real life. The Goodreads synopsis describes a ‘shocking betrayal’ which I think is a little over-the-top. The ‘betrayal’ was hurtful but not as big as the description makes it out to be. Even though I know it was a trust issue, I actually thought Mila overreacted about it a little bit.
This book isn’t as much of a mystery as it appears to be at first glance. It’s more about Mila’s coming-of-age and her beginning to see some of the harder things that exist in the world and individuating from her parents. I’ve liked all the books I’ve read by Meg Rosoff and this was no exception, I really like her offbeat writing style and the oddness of her characters.