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Published by Orca Book Publishers on April 1st 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, psychological, Young Adult
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I remember. That’s what the Man and the Woman in the room want Jessie to say. But she can’t, because it would be a lie. All she knows is what she has been told: she’s fifteen, and thanks to a run-in with a bison bull she is stuck with a brain injury. The rest of her life is a blank her brain no longer fills in; she struggles with memory loss and a temper she can’t control. When the doctors send Jessica home, she tries desperately to piece together her shattered life. No matter how hard she tries, she can’t be the old Jessie everyone misses so much. Then a new friend comes along with an alternative to staying in her old life, and Jessica must confront the reality of what it means to truly leave her past behind.
“I think about those disfigured frogs up in my room, and how easy it is to play the role of a regular, well-adjusted teenager being friendly at a party. I’m like a serial killer with body parts in my freezer, hosting a dinner party. No one knows my dirty little secret: I am not at all who they think I am. And, equally creepy, who I truly am is yet to be determined.”
The story comes in little chapter bursts. Some chapters are shorter than others- depending on how much of the story the narrator has to reveal, and the book is divided into three parts; Awake, Homecoming, and Surrender.
Jessica is a typical fifteen year old girl who grew up on a bison farm with her parents, her younger brother, and three close girlfriends. The post-accident Jessica differentiates herself from the old Jessica, calling the old Jessica “The Girl”. What made her character interesting to me is how Jessica tried to communicate with “The Girl” as if she were actually a different person than herself- further pushing the point that Jessica really felt disconnected from her past self.
Stephen is Jessica’s younger brother. The kid is a fun character to follow, and I love the interactions between the siblings. The two quickly become close since Stephen seems to be the only one who will talk to Jessica normally and not refer to her past.
Overall, Blank is a great and well-told story. I recommend to anyone who is a fan of coming-of-age or psychological stories within the young adult genre.