Review of Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab
Matisse Osgood is a New York City girl through and through. She buys her clothes at Andy's Cheapies, watches indie films at the Angelika, and wouldn't be caught dead on a hayride. But when her father gets sick and Matisse's parents decide to leave Man-hattan for a small town in upstate New York, her perfect world crumbles. As Matisse trudges through life in Prague, she dreams of waking up in her apartment on West 78th Street with a father who's well enough to walk with her in Central Park and a mother who doesn't pretend that everything is okay. When rumors surround Matisse at school and her father's symptoms worsen, Matisse realizes that the friends she's making in Prague are the kind you can count on. They help Matisse find the strength to reach out to her father, who may not be as far from her as she thought. And one particular farm boy shows Matisse that country living is a lot more magical than she ever imagined.
Alive and Well is a captivating story about a girl who sacrifices pretty much everything for her ailing father's wellfare and in return, get's so much more.
Matisse is a very sympathizable character. You, obviously, would feel bad for someone who's father has Parkinson's, I can't imagine going through that. She handles it in different ways than most of us would but she does her best spite her situation. Matisse is also a very real character, one whom you will feel by the end of the book that you know like your BFF. This is due to........
Ms. Grab's writing-The most shocking part of the book is how wonderful Ms. Grab's writing is. For this being her first book you would think she'd been doing it for years. Very detailed, but not overly fluffy to the point where you want to throw up. Her characters-as stated- are very real- like Matisse. Her story keeps moving and has an even pace -which, I imagine, is hard to write(I'm sure you all are familiar with authors who are wonderful writers, but sometimes the story drags on and others you're like wait what just happened).
In Conclusion: I loved the book! Ms. Grab is a very wonderful new addition to YA literature and I hope we see more of her in the future!
Note: Check out my interview with Daphne Grab, coming soon!