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Friday, May 18, 2012

DARK COMPANION by Marta Acosta_Review

Reviewed for Great Minds Think Aloud

Dark CompanionDark Companion by Marta Acosta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A warm and delightful YA, full of surprises and unexpected revelations, “Dark Companion” is just the type of novel I hope for when I seek out a YA story. A young girl whose life has been hellish unexpectedly and inexplicably receives a ticket out, and ascends to a new lifestyle she could never have expected within the ordinary routine. Out of a foster home at sixteen, sheerly by studying herself to a frazzle, dedicated to the memory of a wise older foster resident who died of bacterial meningitis, Jane is offered a full scholarship-plus cottage accommodations-at a fancy day school for girls, in a fog-ridden valley some distance away.

What seems like a fairy tale and too good to be true might be just that-and soon Jane discovers that the hellish foster experience is likely not the only horrible life experience she might encounter.

Marta Acosta’s prose is compelling, and her descriptive settings are lyrical. I highly recommend this book to YA readers, and older, and hope it meets with a wide audience. I look forward to more from this author.

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