Review: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

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Cover photo taken from Goodreads

It’s a novel with a haunting cover and equally entrancing premise; The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin explores the life of a young artist and investigates her tragic death.

The first thing you’ll notice about this book is one of two things; the art and the way it is written. The book is told in snippets of interviews, recordings, and other written mediums from each of the characters, all retelling Addison’s life leading up to her death. But what especially makes this book unique is the artwork. The novel is fully illustrated in color, so the text is accompanied by Addison’s paintings, photos taken of her, magazine pages she was in, her sketches… It really completes this book and ties it into an experience. That’s what reading this is; an immersive experience into Addy’s life.

However, I did find that a lot of the characters kind of seemed the same. They didn’t all have the most unique voices. But this was okay simply because the point of this book is nobody’s character development except Addison. Just as Addy painted things, Adele Griffin tries to paint Addison’s life story with words and graphics, and she succeeded.

Be warned this book certainly has no shortage of drug and some sexual references, along with some cursing. I’d recommend it to those ages 16-17+.

As this is a spoiler-free review, I won’t tell you what I thought of the ending. You’ll have to read and decide whether you liked the ending for yourself or not!

Best book you’ll ever read? That’s subjective. It isn’t my favorite book of all time, but this book certainly sets the tone for a new generation of more interactive and immersive novels. I hope to read more YA novels like this in the future!

For fans of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno.

– Reviewed by Christina, January 25th, 2015.

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