Thursday, April 21, 2016

Klickitat by Peter Rock

Her sister is the only one who calm her anxiety attacks.  She lets her hold on until they have passed.  Vivian knows that she has to take the medicine the doctor gives her and her mother even counts the pills.  Audra tells her she needs to stop taking it, it's part of what is making her weird.  Who's right?

Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

The question of who's right is the theme of this book.  Vivian doesn't want to lose her sister but Audra wants to become a survivalist and live in the woods.  Audra thinks her parents are like robots and she wants more from life.  Or perhaps I should say less.  She's not into material things.  When she crawls out the window one night and doesn't come home, everything starts to fall apart.

This is from Vivian's point of view and sometimes it's a bit hazy.  She finds a notebook in her room that has writing in it but it's not hers or her sister's.  The words are strange, too.  This was a very different read.  I wasn't sure exactly what was going on.  When she finally gets together with her sister, she has a boyfriend.  He's from Alaska and they talk about going back there and living in the wilds.  At the moment, they're living under a house and being quiet so the owner doesn't notice.  Audra and Henry are working to make money to travel.

It seems all three main characters had some mental problems.  At the end of the book, I wasn't sure about what I just read.  I think that at Audra's last visit she might have been a ghost.  This is a fantasy, a bit on the dark side, and I'm still thinking about what I read.  Maybe that's how the author wanted to leave the reader...

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