This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart // Kephart Has Not Pleased Me Once Again

Saturday, 26 March 2016
This is the Story of You, by Beth Kephart
Publication: April 12, 2016, by Chronicle Books
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 264
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira's mother and brother on the mainland. Nothing will ever be the same. A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira's home. A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to carry on—to somehow hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future. Gripping and poetic, This Is the Story of You is about the beauty of nature and the power of family, about finding hope in the wake of tragedy and recovery in the face of overwhelming loss.

My Thoughts:

This is the Story of You is a story of refuge, of finding your way and path to absolute hope and happiness. It certainly is an unforgettable story written by an author, Beth Kephart, who has written a story that is very similar to another one of hers, You Are My Only. Featured in a story that sounds very similar to that of those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, our main character Mira Banul struggles with who she is and what kind of lifestyle she has to sustain in order to please those around her. From the first time I spied this title and its cover, I wondered, "Whose story is this? Is Mira, the protagonist, referring to a love interest or someone like that?" The questions are endless when a book looks like a mystery to you. 

This is the Story of You was like a boat that was trying to sail, for me. The passengers come onto the boat, happy, with smiles, wondering about what they'll do when they arrive at their enduring destination. The waves start, and there are a few who'll get nauseous, perhaps. This book had its waves, its flaws. If things went a little differently at some points, like if there was more of an interesting plot to this when the storm happened and its role in Mira's life, I would have liked this better. It was okay, but I expected more, especially in character development and such.

The storm: The storm is featured on the beautiful cover of this book, and mentioned as a big, destroying factor in the synopsis. I figured that it would take a big play in the book. Honestly, I expected a big plot play here. Instead, it was just a minor thing in Mira's life. I cannot even comprehend what the main idea of this whole story would be.

"The world runs different when you ride it through on wheels. The world ruins medium blur, wet-paint style: Haven does. Houses on flamingo legs, houses spilled on pebble lawns, houses with their motorboats up front, like dogs on leashes, and then the swatches of retail, the red and orange of the CLOSED UNTIL NEXT SUMMER signs, the high top hat of Rosie's, the plastic flowers in the barrels by the diner." (81)

Mira: I really liked her as a character. The poor thing had to deal with so much things on her own—especially like her brother's condition and the stress that she had to deal with. The development was minor, though. You saw the same Mira in the beginning and end, which shows that the outcome was pretty minor in this case. I would've liked to see something else come from this book in the end, but it was pretty great anyways.

This is the Story of You had its flaws. Beth Kephart's writing style was very fascinating and interesting—you'll see how poetic it really seems to be. And together, I found a very charming story about a teenager's problems and how she herself could help herself find the truth to life and what she is supposed to do for someone her age. It is a story that everyone could certainly find something that captivates them for a different reason than others. I wish that I had found the true story of this, though.

What is your favourite contemporary novel of all time? Does this book captivate you?

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