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The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone



by
Adele Griffin

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Soho Press
Imprint
Soho Teen
ISBN
9781616953607

Awards and Honors
Booklist 2014 Top 10 Books for Youth, Arts; SLJ Best Books 2014, Young Adult; Amazon.com Top 20 Editors’ picks 2014, Teen & Young Adult; YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults; Booklist2015 Top 10 Books for Youth, Crime Fiction; Capitol Choices 2015
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Faux interviews, clippings, photographs, and paintings tell the story of Addison Stone, a young artist who rockets to fame—and falls to a tragic, early death.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

F

AR

5.4: points 9

Lexile

HL760L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

14

JLG Release

Nov 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Mystery and detective stories. Artists. Celebrities. New York City.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Everyone knows who Addison Stone was, even if they didn’t know anything about her. Addy was a small-town girl with dreams of artistic immortality. Her talent was incredible, and she landed an agent almost the moment she set foot in New York at the age of 17. Soon her life became a whirlwind of parties, love affairs, and bursts of creativity. But Addison was keeping secrets, and burning too brightly. It seems, looking back, that her life was destined to end early, and tragically. This fictional biography of a visual and performance artist Addison Stone is compelling and tragic from the very first page. Griffin tells the teen’s story through compiled interview excerpts from those who knew, loved, and hated her. The media, which include texts to and from her friends, paint a picture of a brilliant artist full of life and potential, but also reveal the young woman’s unbalanced mental state and her loved ones’ concern. Interspersed are photos and reproductions of the protagonist’s artwork, magazine covers and articles, and interviews with Addison herself for various publications, layering level upon level of reality to the story. Readers will be fascinated with the novel and caught up in the drama right up to the end.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL

Horn Book

In this faux investigative biography, Griffin conjures an edgy artist—rising NYC It-Girl and all-around attention magnet Addison Stone—who died tragically at age eighteen. To chronicle her subject’s life and probe her suspicious death, Griffin presents material from (fictional) interviews, writing from the perspective of several dozen people who knew and cared for Addison: family members and her childhood best friend; her shady Manhattan art dealer and disgruntled lovers (under investigation for her death). What could feel disjointed and removed works instead to provide an intimate and cohesive portrait of a complex girl who, from her earliest days, was both genius and dangerous; a brilliant artist with an uncontainable persona but also an adrenaline junkie who once attempted suicide after a psychotic break at sixteen. Addison left Rhode Island for New York before her senior year on an art grant and immediately fell in with a high-rolling crew of socialites and other artists. Her rise to notoriety in the art scene was meteoric, fairly unbelievably so—as is the timetable of events before her death the following summer—but the whirlwind pace will have readers in its grip. Well-produced magazine and newspaper articles, photographs of Addison through the years, and reproductions of her artwork add verisimilitude. katrina hedeen

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Everyone knows who Addison Stone was, even if they didn’t know anything about her. Addy was a small-town girl with dreams of artistic immortality. Her talent was incredible, and she landed an agent almost the moment she set foot in New York at the age of 17. Soon her life became a whirlwind of parties, love affairs, and bursts of creativity. But Addison was keeping secrets, and burning too brightly. It seems, looking back, that her life was destined to end early, and tragically. This fictional biography of a visual and performance artist Addison Stone is compelling and tragic from the very first page. Griffin tells the teen’s story through compiled interview excerpts from those who knew, loved, and hated her. The media, which include texts to and from her friends, paint a picture of a brilliant artist full of life and potential, but also reveal the young woman’s unbalanced mental state and her loved ones’ concern. Interspersed are photos and reproductions of the protagonist’s artwork, magazine covers and articles, and interviews with Addison herself for various publications, layering level upon level of reality to the story. Readers will be fascinated with the novel and caught up in the drama right up to the end.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL

Horn Book

In this faux investigative biography, Griffin conjures an edgy artist—rising NYC It-Girl and all-around attention magnet Addison Stone—who died tragically at age eighteen. To chronicle her subject’s life and probe her suspicious death, Griffin presents material from (fictional) interviews, writing from the perspective of several dozen people who knew and cared for Addison: family members and her childhood best friend; her shady Manhattan art dealer and disgruntled lovers (under investigation for her death). What could feel disjointed and removed works instead to provide an intimate and cohesive portrait of a complex girl who, from her earliest days, was both genius and dangerous; a brilliant artist with an uncontainable persona but also an adrenaline junkie who once attempted suicide after a psychotic break at sixteen. Addison left Rhode Island for New York before her senior year on an art grant and immediately fell in with a high-rolling crew of socialites and other artists. Her rise to notoriety in the art scene was meteoric, fairly unbelievably so—as is the timetable of events before her death the following summer—but the whirlwind pace will have readers in its grip. Well-produced magazine and newspaper articles, photographs of Addison through the years, and reproductions of her artwork add verisimilitude. katrina hedeen

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