The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers
• March 15, 2016 • Algonquin Books for Young Readers
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Longing to be one of the popular girls in her new town, Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into a club whose members have no intention of letting her join. Now Kammie’s trapped in the dark, growing increasingly claustrophobic, and waiting to be rescued—or possibly not.
As hours pass, the reality of Kammie’s predicament mixes with her memories of the highlights and lowlights of her life so far, including the reasons her family moved to this new town in the first place. And as she begins to run out of oxygen, Kammie starts to imagine she has company, including a French-speaking coyote and goats that just might be zombies.
I received this book for free from Algonquin Books for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
First sentence: “The whole thing feels like a prank at first, like something they planned—a joke with a punch line.”
When you’re a kid, one of the worst nightmares is getting stuck in a well. You’re in an enclosed space with nothing to stare at except the brick wall and possibly the sky, waiting for somebody to find you and get you out.
That’s what we have in The Girl in the Well is Me. Kammie falls into an abandoned well after trying to impress the mean popular girls. While she’s stuck in the well, waiting for help to arrive, she falls deep into the confines of her mind, remembering moments in her life, regretting her decisions, and hallucinating things like French-speaking dogs.
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