Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone is a work of fiction that reads as a biography (generally in a good way, not in the too long, stuffy, must read this for a paper way). It opens with an article of Addison Stone's death at age 18. Addison was an extremely talented  up and coming artist who recently moved to New York City; people knew of her, her art work was being represented and sold, and she liked to make a splash with outrageous YouTube videos (that she considered a part of her art). Her story is told posthumously by the people who knew her in life; some loved her, some profited off of her, others disliked or distrusted her. The tales of her artistic genius and emotional and mental states are interwoven with pictures of Addison, her family, her friends, and those that she created.

The anecdotes told from multiple points of view, from those who viewed Addison in vastly different ways, along with the photos, and artwork help to create a full (both wonderfully exciting and tragic) picture of the title character. Addison is quirky and fabulous and sometimes you just want to be her, but the demons that she struggles with make you think twice.

Not necessarily a page turner, but if you enjoy reading nonfiction you may want to give Griffin's work a try.

If you enjoyed this you  may also want to check out:
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle


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