Monday, July 2, 2012

Split Image by Mel Glenn

Everyone has an image of Laura Li, the most popular girl in school: "stone hearted," "warmhearted," "conceited deceiver," "humble achiever," "a virgin," "the hottest girl in the world."
Award-winning poet Mel Glenn weaves a brilliant web of authentic voices in this riveting story, told in poetry, about what happens when one teenage girl is denied the freedom to determine her own identity.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads.)
My Thoughts:
Split Image was an interesting story. It was a short novel in verse about a teenager named Laura Li and her family. Laura Li volunteered at the school library. Everyone at the school thought she was perfect. However, that was far from the truth. She had many issues and was a pretty messed up girl. Her mother criticized and abused her. She started partying all hours of the night, drinking, smoking, and doing drugs.I was confused as to what illness Jimmy Li, her brother, had. He was very ill and needed Laura to do everything for him. I felt bad for Laura. She had to endure everything that was going on at home. When she worked at the library, she listened to everyone's problems. When she needed help, nobody listened to her. This short novel was great. It was definitely sad. Other than Laura's brother's illness, the plot was easy to follow. I wish Split Image would have been a little longer so that the reader could have gotten to know the characters more in depth.

I give Split Image: 3/5.

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I bought this book at my local library book sale. I was in no way compensated for this review.


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