Clementine Bojangles’s CBR-III Review #90: And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky

A review of Arlaina Tibensky’s smart, self-aware debut can be found at my blog here.

The story focuses on Keek, a 15-year-old cursed with the chicken pox.  She’s obsessed with Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and laments the fact that she’s stuck at her grandma’s house, sick, while her family implodes around her.  It’s well-written, clever, and completely narrative-driven, as the novel takes the form of diary entries Keek types out on an ancient typewriter.

Recommended for fans of Plath’s work, especially.


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