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Good, but not that good!
on 28 March 2013
The story, set in New York State USA, mainly revolves around 14 yo June Elbus and her older sister, Greta. June is somewhat different to most girls of her age, in that she likes to imagine herself living back in time. So far back it is the Middle Ages in England. She likes to go off by herself to the woods to listen to what they say and to imagine herself in this other world. Her Uncle Finn, to whom she is devoted, is an artist whose favourite period is Medieval art.
Uncle Finn paints a portrait of the sisters because he is dying - of AIDS.
The book is set in the 1980's when AIDS was a bit of a taboo subject.
The story then goes on about June's obsessiveness with Uncle Finn, about meeting his 'special friend' (Finn was gay), about ups and downs with her sister.
The main theme I found was this total obsession of June for her Uncle and it made it a bit 'odd'. The book is not a page turner as it all felt a bit repetitive because of this obbessive theme which ran through most of the story.
The book I believe is marketed as Adult Reading, but I felt as the main characters were the teenage sisters, that is might be for the young adult/mid teen readers.