Emily's Dress and Other Missing Thingsby Kathryn Burak
When Claire's best friend Richy went missing, he disappeared without a trace. But when Emily Dickinson's dress goes missing from the Amherst museum, she knows exactly where it is: in her closet.
As Claire and her student teacher, Tate, attempt to figure out what do to about the dress, they begin to uncover the truth behind Richy's disappearing act. Following
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EMILY'S DRESS AND OTHER MISSING THINGS is a contemporary mystery that weaves together a fast paced plot with beautiful, lyrical prose that would make Emily Dickinson proud. High school senior, Claire is trying to start over after the death of her mother and the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, Richy. Now that's she's living in Amherst, MA, she's discovered she can sneak into the Emily Dickinson museum after hours and it's there she feels closest to her mother. She didn't mean to steal Emily Dickinson's dress, but Tate, a concerned friend who followed her, accidentally set off the alarm. Now they're both on the run! The plot races along with profoundly graceful writing that made me sigh happy little sighs. Claire is a complicated person with a soul-baring voice and Tate has a few secrets of his own. Things get even more complicated when the police reopen the investigation into Richy's disappearance, since they believe Claire was the last person to see him alive ... A brilliant debut by Kathryn Burak that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
AN AMAZING BOOK YOU SHOULD BE READING! Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things is my clear 2012 pick for an amazing book that has flown under the radar. I love the cover, but feel that the book would have benefitted from having an edgier vision to match the story within. There was so much more behind the cover of this book than I had ever expected. There was mystery and romance, but what pulled me in was the way that Burak wrote from Claire's point of view. I was completely immersed in the feelings and emotions of this character. Claire took me on a journey and it wasn't always pretty or easy, but it was authentic and the rewards for going with her were exceptional. If you love Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, I think that you'll also love Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things.