27. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Teen Books

Without Tess by Marcella Pixley, 280 pages, read by Leslie, on 12/24/2012

Without Tess

Fifteen-year-old Lizzie Cohen recalls what it was like growing up with her imaginative but disturbed older sister Tess, and how she is striving to reclaim her own life since Tess died.

I thought the book was well written but I don’t think I would recommend this to anyone younger than high school age.  It has a lot of disturbing parts where you aren’t really sure if Tess is mentally disturbed, if she only suffers from anorexia, if she is really what she imagines herself to be.  It takes her sister Lizzie a long time to come to terms with what happened to her sister and you worry if she will ever do so.  This did take me longer to read than I thought it would and definitely not for younger readers.

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