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Posted May 14, 2012
Damnit! How am I ever going to give this book the justice it deserves?! Milledgeville Misfit, put quite simply, is amazing. Beautifully written, emotional, thought-provoking... to be perfectly honest, I think I need to install a whole new rating system just for this book!
Please excuse me if I sound a bit gushy, but it's just that I absolutely loved this book! It was so unbelievably sweet how all of the orphans had such a connection with each other. I felt like I was experiencing something even more powerful than the love of a real family - something deeper that only a group of children can form in the absence of parents. I'm really not kidding when I say that this book will tug at your heartstrings.
Since, unintentionally, I've already got straight into the characters, I suppose I will tell you a little bit more about Junebug and her "family" as she puts it. First, Junebug. Ever since the car crash that left her parents dead and her without a voice, Junebug has felt like a part of her died along with them. That is, until she finds friendship in a group of orphans at Dearborn. I really don't want to go into too much because I'll probably end up revealing spoilers but I'll definitely tell you that this book is one of a kind and not to be missed. Anyway, back to Junebug. To me, I could never have thought of a more perfect main character. I felt almost privileged to watch her recovery and the development she goes through. I seriously don't think I can pick a main character, I just loved all of the six orphans and Junebug the same! I'd love to do nothing more than to talk about each of them but for now I will agree to talking about just the one. Abby. Little Abby is the youngest of them all and she practically had me hugging her through the pages. She was just so sweet and I could picture her so clearly. Well, come to think of it, I could picture them all so clearly.
Let me just leave it at the characters were all wonderful. Now on to other things. Gray has an absolutely beautiful writing style and she portrayed everything perfectly through Junebug's eyes - I really felt that involved in the story! I also loved how she managed to wrap up everything. The ending was spot-on, not to mention emotional! She also has a great way of threading mystery and keeping the reader hanging by a thread.
Overall I absolutely adored Milledgeville Misfit. I feel like the book really spoke to me and I think I will remember it for years to come. It has very rightfully found a spot on my favourite-books-of-all-time bookshelf! With a beautiful writing style, great characters, an unusual mystery and a story that will have you smiling sweetly and then almost in tears, this book is definitely one I recommend to all!
Posted April 23, 2012
A Wonderful Ghost Tale From the Haunted South
Is it real or a dream? It’s hard to say in this enchanted tale of Junebug,
an orphan girl whose life has been struck by tragedy. She finds herself at
Dearborn, a former plantation and orphanage, owned by her elderly relatives.
Unable to speak to the living, she doesn't have any problems speaking to her
spirit playmates. Junebug learns that love is not meant for the living but
Posted March 29, 2012
Okay, I’ve read, my latest must read, Milledgeville Misfit, and this is what I think…
Milledgeville, GA, is this town is recognized for Ghost tours and ghost walks, even recent ghost siting’s… an absolute perfect setting for a dark story.
Great plot! So many disorders/illnesses stem from traumatic childhood incidences, and this story shadows the trauma that Junebug faces throughout her life.
At the tender age of thirteen, a young girl is traumatized by the loss of her parents and left unable to speak. All that matters to her is finding a way to deal with her life and its losses. The fact that she creates so many personalities shows that she isn’t capable of handling what has happened to her and her family. And in turn, her mental state is severely affected. However, the author keeps you hooked by making you constantly wonder if this is all real or just fantasy…
Supporting characters (her personas) each had a specific purpose representing aspects of her life that reinforced her well-being. I concluded they were her sanity (or what little she had).
I enjoyed reading Milledgeville Misfit and found it an easy read that makes you stop and think about what’s actually happening. The writer exposes Junebug’s frailties in such a way that reader feels her stresses. Especially being a young girl of only thirteen who is insecure and must leave the comfort of her home. Her loneliness obviously overwhelming, I don’t know what I would’ve done in that situation.
So, here’s the bottom line…
Milledgeville Misfit Author T.L. Gray masters the concept of supposition. For me, a winning mix of personal drama, fantasy, and immortality intertwined with tests of realism. A fast-paced read that will inevitably leave you wondering about reality.
Posted March 23, 2012
written by T. L. Gray
How would you feel if you were living in a big city like Atlanta and suddenly you were forced to go live in a rural town with a not-so-great reputation? In T. L. Gray’s story a car accident occurs which forces a young girl named Juniper, but better known to her close friends as Junebug, to move to Milledgeville, Georgia where her closest relatives, whom she has never met, reside.
While she is there she gets to know a group of children that the reader is left to choose and to determine for themselves their state of existence. It is especially fun to read about our local area being written about in MILLEDGEVILLE MISFIT. While you are reading you are left feeling as though Junebug is someone that you could be friends with from down the street or that lives next door.
The author’s writing is very imaginative and creative. T. L. Gray even adds an educational tint to the book as she teaches the characters Biblical scripture, manners, and even gets down to the nitty-gritty of the English language to what a metaphor is. Of course as these things are explained to the book’s characters the reader is reaping the benefit too.
The book is scary and you will find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat as well as looking over your shoulder and being sensitive to having a chill. You will quickly turn the pages to discover what adventure or trouble Junebug will get into next. At one point Junebug is led to do some important research at the library and finds that newspapers sometimes can be very revealing and horrifying.
I believe that a young person who likes ghosts and haunted houses would find this book extremely enticing. This book certainly stretches the imagination of the reader and leaves them pondering Milledgeville’s reputation as a “looney-bin.” I suggest that young people will enjoy reading and seeing how Junebug’s malady leaves the adults confused and out of the picture for the most part. And you have to read every single page if you want to find out if Junebug has a love interest or not. This book is an exciting and fun read and rates 5 tiaras for the young adult reader. Just remember to watch out if you’re reading it when you are home alone or at night with a flashlight under the covers. Boo!