Stone Garden: A Novel

Stone Garden: A Novel

by Molly Moynahan
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Stone Garden: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Seventeen-year-old Alice is entering her senior year of high school and is desperately missing her best friend and soulmate, Matthew. Alice attends a small New Jersey prep school, where everybody knows everybody yet she has only a handful of kids she calls her friends, in "Stone Garden." Matthew accompanied another classmate to Mexico earlier that summer, and he has been missing ever since. No one knows what could have happened to them, but Alice feels deep down that he must be dead, otherwise he would have moved heaven and earth to contact her. Matthew was the type of person that everyone loved, yet he only had eyes for Alice. They had been best friends since kindergarten, but had never gotten it right until the end of their junior year. Their whole lives, either Alice had a crush on Matthew who didn't feel the same, or Matthew had a crush on Alice, who was with someone else. They finally synched up at the end of junior year; all Matthew had to do was take this trip to Mexico with his then-girlfriend and break up with her when they got back. But they never came back. The whole school knew of Alice and Matthew's relationship, and they knew about Matthew's disappearance. When school began that fall, they all treated Alice like she was a widow in mourning, which she very nearly was. Half-way into the school year, Matthew's remains were identified in a mass grave in Mexico, confirming what Alice had always believed. This confirmation of death propelled Alice's final senior project to be what no one else in school could fathom­-going to the local prison and tutoring the inmates on their writing and poetry skills. Alice decides this project will be cathartic and may possibly provide answers to why someone could kill another human being. She doesn't anticipate one of her students to be the murderer of one of her closest friend's beloved nanny. Not only does she keep this fact a secret from her friend, who is clearly still shaken years after witnessing the murder, but Alice somewhat befriends the murderer and the others in her class. They say she is the only person on the outside who values what they have to say and doesn't judge them. Alice has trouble keeping thing together in her life outside her senior project. Promiscuity becomes a problem, as well as other destructive behavior. She acts aggressively towards Matthew's mother and her own father, when she finds out they had an affair. She lashes out at both of them, yet no matter how mad she is, she can't help but love them because they are still there, forcing her to recognize that Matthew will never come back. Ultimately, a very mature Alice has to come to terms with Matthew's death and she dreams of the day they will meet again. However she doesn't seem to care if that day is tomorrow, or in 50 years, making her life choices a little reckless. Alice's narrative is heart breaking in that she has lost the love of her life and it has drained her will to live. However, keeping perspective, she is only 17 years old, and has her entire life ahead of her. This gripping story captures less than a year in her life; a life that hopefully will never have as much pain and anguish again.
Auntamy More than 1 year ago
I WANTED to like this book, and there were several sections that I enjoyed, but Alice the main character, is really vague. I had a hard time following where this was going. I understood the idea around it, but the characters were really hard to identify with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book in my independent reading class last year and when i read a section to the class nearly everyone had tears in their eyes...this book is amazing and i would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Moynahan was my 12th grade english teacher last year, and I am so proud of her for this book. It is a great story filled with grief and hope and reverance as the main character Alice searches for answers in her world full of questions. I have learned so much from Ms. Moynahan, and wish her all the best in the future. This book is truly a testiment to her talent!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my absolute favorite book. You can't help but be sympathetic with Alice, the main character, after all that has happened to her. I read this book four times and each time I get something more out of it. A must-read!