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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

Mathilda Savitch believes that her sister, Helene, was murdered - pushed in front of a train by an insane man. The killer is still out there, and no one seems to be doing anything about it.

Mathilda's parents seem oblivious to anything except their own pain. Her moth...
Mathilda Savitch believes that her sister, Helene, was murdered - pushed in front of a train by an insane man. The killer is still out there, and no one seems to be doing anything about it.

Mathilda's parents seem oblivious to anything except their own pain. Her mother suffers from bouts of depression, finding solace at the bottom of a bottle. Her father tries to maintain a sense of normalcy, but Mathilda knows it is a façade.

She decides to do some investigating of her own. She hacks Helene's email account only to find it empty. She discovers other clues, but they are few and far between. Did one of Helene's many boyfriends become jealous and kill her in a fit of passion? Was someone stalking her?

None of the potential answers add up because Mathilda knows the truth - she has known all along. The problem is accepting that truth......

MATHILDA SAVITCH is Victor Lodato's debut novel. He has created quite an interesting character in Mathilda. She is inquisitive, intelligent, eccentric and, above all else, stubborn. She is the kind of person who doesn't back down. Mathilda questions everything and explores every topic, from religion to relationships to sex.

If you enjoy novels that push boundaries, pick this one up. It will be interesting to see what Lodato comes up with for his next novel. I will be waiting.........somewhat patiently.

posted by TeensReadToo on October 2, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Maybe more of a plot would have helped

I skimmed this. B&N has it on their finalist list for their Discover Best of the Year. At first I thought hear the voice of a thirteen-year-old whose older teen sister had died would be interesting, but somehow it never really came together. I think a little more impetu...
I skimmed this. B&N has it on their finalist list for their Discover Best of the Year. At first I thought hear the voice of a thirteen-year-old whose older teen sister had died would be interesting, but somehow it never really came together. I think a little more impetus at the beginning would have helped me to carry on--say, looking for her killer or something. She's a clever protagonist, but you have to have a personal interest to listen with more than half-an-ear to the ramblings of a thirteen-year-old. Geez, they don't listen to us either. I liked Blacklands by Bauer better for getting into the mind of a child.

posted by TheReadingWriter on March 16, 2010

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

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    Skip It

    I agree with my fellow one-star reviewers. This is a depressing book. I didn't care for the writing style, but that's a subjective opinion. Didn't like the characters and I found Mathilda annoying rather than endearing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    Boring...description deceiving

    I can't put into words how horrible this book is. I have to agree with other reviews. There is absolutely nothing funny or uplifting about it. It was a depressing, boring book. I ended up skimming throug 85% of it. There were too many things taking place, none of which really tied in together at the end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

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    Pointless depressing read

    Currently working my way through the 'discovering new writers' shelf in the B&N fiction section. I picked up this book to read on Sunday and I wish I hadn't. It's a coming of age tale with a twist: depressing tale of a mentally disturbed teen who feels responsible for her sister's suicide because she taunted her in frustration one day to just 'go ahead and do it'. She lies, she antagonizes, she hurts and she is generally wallowing in misery.

    There isn't anything beautiful, uplifting, or edifying about this book. In addition the pacing is frenzied, as if written by an amphetamine addict. Total waste of time.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

    Description of Plot is Deceiving

    So you think this story is about a girl trying to figure out what happened to her sister...Well that is about 20 pages of the entire book and the rest is a weird coming of age (if you can call it that) story. The experiences and thoughts this girl has are like nothing I've ever heard. Add to this the author's strange obsession with terrorists and 9-11 (where is the mention of that on the back cover) and you've got one big waste of time.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    Disappointing

    I stopped at Chapter 9. It is clear from the reviews that you either love this book or simply can't get into the plot and its characters. It is what it is.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    I thought this novel was terrible. It made no sense to me. I could not relate to the main character, Mathilda, in any way. and she is not much younger than me, so I should have been able to if this was written well. The plot was just like someone threw up. There was a lot of stuff all over the place. I thought this had the potential to be like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Or even a bit like Catcher in the Rye. Man was I expecting a lot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Mathilda Savitch

    I have been having trouble getting into this book. It is written very strange and very hard to follow. I do not see how this book could have won any awards and do not recommend it being purchased for anyone, young or old, to read.

    If I could return it without feeling guilty about returning as an unread book I truely would. I will continue to attempt to finish the book but do not recommend it.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    DISAPPOINTEMENT...HUGE!

    I purchased this book on the reviews I read and couldn't wait to purchase it. I have to tell you... it took me a bit over a week to read, I am not a slow reader by any stretch of the imagination...I just found it to be silly, ridiculous and totally off the wall. I did chuckle a few times and I guess that was because it just didn't make sense to me. When I finished the book...I threw it away and considered it a complete waste of my time and money. I really didn't like this book at all.

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