- Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Embassy Row (20. Januar 2015)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0545654742
- ISBN-13: 978-0545654746
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 - 17 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 3,2 x 22,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 819.876 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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All Fall Down (Embassy Row, Band 1) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 20. Januar 2015
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But that's disturbing, I think, for an important reason. What follows is written for adults who might be considering whether to give this book as a gift to a kid in your life: As the story focuses more and more on the search for a murderer by a girl who has been under psychiatric care for some three years, is still supposed to be taking psychiatric meds, and is therefore known to be emotionally fragile, if not unstable, I question the wisdom of telling young readers a story that is based on the premise that Grace's adult family members are so stupid, negligent, and have made such horrendous, clueless, or self-centered decisions that they have not only participated in destroying her mental health, but have now tossed her into a demanding, complex situation where she has neither continuity of support nor intelligent, caring supervision. These supposedly-adult decision-makers know full well that Grace is seriously traumatized. They know she has been obsessed by the memory of a man who looks exactly like a man she will surely encounter in Adria. So telling young readers, in effect, that their adult family members might not only drive them into psychiatric illness, but might also abandon them - at age 16 - into the "non-care" of two, thoroughly-incompetent strangers (Grace's grandfather and his secretary are truly strangers to this girl, and to even barely-adequate parenting) ... well, this is not a great set of messages, especially not for any young reader: This book normalizes family neglect, abuse, and abandonment. For this reason alone, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Will I buy the books in this series for my granddaughters? No. Would I have bought the entire series for them if the storyline hadn't gone in such a disturbing, irresponsible direction? Almost certainly, especially if the quality of the writing had stayed as high as it was at the beginning. Too bad.
I must say though that Grace isn't my favorite heroine of Ally's. Do I like her? Yes. However, it's often quite hard to connect with narrators who aren't reliable, and I feel like she did a lot of things that made me facepalm or headdesk some. Also, the ending twist? I didn't see it coming 100% and I had an alternative twist in mind, but as the ending came nearer, I started to suspect that kind of thing, so I wasn't thoroughly surprised. There was something I was surprised about, but I seem to have forgotten :O
What I did like was the setting and the supporting cast which is way more diverse than Ally's books usually are. My favorite was the best friend :') but I was annoyed with the "mean girl" trope regarding his sister, so I hope that is improved upon and she will grow eventually and become a valuable part of the team. Also, I'm beginning to see some repetitive storylines in Ally's books (for instance, one dead parent; similar team members as far as skills go). I hope that Grace's brother has more to do with the storyline other than being mentioned, because if not, it's the single child thing too pretty much and I'd very much love to see a sibling relationship as well in her books in addition to great friendships and otps.
As a whole I liked it, but I didn't really care about anything in particular, so that's mostly the reason why it's 3 stars.