Essential Maps for the Lost
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Essential Maps for the Lost

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From Printz Honor medal winner and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes a fresh and luminous novel "about love and loss, mental illness, and taking charge of one's own fate" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). There are many ways to be lost. Sometimes people want to be lost. Madison--Mads to everyone who knows her--is trying her best to escape herself during one last summer away from a mother who needs more from her than she can give, and from a future that has been decided by everyone but her. Sometimes the lost do the unimaginable, like the woman--the body--Mads collides with in the middle of the water on a traumatic morning that changes everything. And sometimes the lost are the ones left behind, like the son of the woman in the water, Billy Youngwolf Floyd. Billy is struggling to find his way through each day in the shadow of grief. His one comfort is the map he carries in his pocket, out of his favorite book The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. When three lives (and one special, shared book) collide, strange things happen. Things like questions and coincidences and secrets, lots of secrets. Things like falling in love. But can two lost people telling so many lies find their way through tragedy to each other...and to solid ground?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 25mm | 413g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • f-c gloss lam jacket w- no SFX
  • 1481415166
  • 9781481415163
  • 2,103,958

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Two teens meet under unusual and sorrowful circumstances, and together they learn that life is full of both joy and despair. During a morning swim, 18-year-old Mads Murray discovers a woman's body floating in Seattle's Lake Union. When the local news reveals the woman's identity, Mads becomes obsessed with finding proof that Anna Youngwolf Floyd was more than a dead body, that she was a real person with connections to the world. Readers learn Anna's depression drove her to jump off the Aurora Bridge, but Mads, who is no stranger to depression, doesn't know that yet. Mads, in Seattle for the summer for an accelerated real estate course, is the only hope for the survival of her mentally ill mother's business, a fact that fills her with dread.Desperate to know why someone would end her own life, she finds a way to meet Anna's 19-year-old son, kindhearted dog-rescuer Billy, who's ignorant of his connection to Mads. The novel treats depression for what it is: a sometimes-debilitating illness one can't simply snap out of; it's neither a personality flaw nor a shortcoming. Third-person limited perspective alternates between Mads and Billy, resulting in loads of dramatic irony, and Mads and Billy's mutual love of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a sweet leitmotif. The gently chiding and honest narrative voice keeps its astute focus on the characters' emotions and does not plumb the heritage implied by Anna's name. A clear eyed story about love and loss, mental illness, and taking charge of one's own fate.--Kirkus Reviews **STARRED REVIEW** "January 15, 2016 "
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718 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (219)
3 34% (242)
2 13% (92)
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