Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Published: August 5th, 2014
This book is about two girls, who meet in the hospital. Chess who is the main narrator finds herself in the hospital after a date gone wrong, and meets Shannon, who happens to be the angriest person she’s ever met.
I liked the premise of the book, and I really enjoyed reading it in verse. But the story was just “okay”. It didn’t stick with me, and I wasn’t very attached to the characters. I enjoy reading books like these, and I felt the writing was beautiful, but again I felt it was just okay.
I also was a little confused at first, because I read the summary and assumed it was about cancer, but it actually was not. It’s about Chron’s disease. I liked that it focused on something else, and it helped us look into someone’s eyes going through it, and shed some light on it.
I felt bad for Chess, because people seemed to view her as a child, and she wasn’t really told much about the disease, and the doctors and her mother did not want to confirm what she had. Her mother really likes the idea of burying her head in the sand, and tries to make light of what she has. That really grated on my nerves, and while I understood the perspective, I didn’t like it.
Shannon also got a bit on my nerves. She really was a bit too mean and harsh. And I felt she tried a little hard to keep up the tough girl shell and act. But rather than try and look tough, she just acted like a jerk. I liked their different personalities, and that they were so different, but Shannon was just a bit too much for me. She was great though when she uses her attitude to help Chess, but again at times it was too much attitude.
I did think the way the author did her format for dialogue was new and interesting. It was confusing at first, but once you got the hang of it, you really start to enjoy it. I liked the division in the middle, to represent the curtain separating the girls in their room.
Overall it was a decent read, but not one of my favorites.
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