I first read this book about 18 months ago and it made me feel as if I was going to be okay, which at the time I really needed. Now that I have moved beyond the mindset of past me, I decided to reread and see if I still feel the same about Lost & Found by Brooke Davis. I cannot say that I do, though that does not mean I did not like the book because I did.
Title: Lost & Found
Author: Brooke Davis
Genre: General Fiction – Contemporary
Age Classification: Adult
Release: June 24, 2014
This story is bittersweet. A girl is abandoned by her mother. An older woman is not coping with her widow status. An old man does not want to live out his days in a nursing home. Apart, they are three somewhat odd people. Together, they are a very odd family.
Millie Bird is an odd little girl, made clear by her keeping a book of dead things. However, that is not the problem, just a weird interest. The problem is her mother abandoning her in a department store because she cannot handle Millie’s father being ‘a dead thing’. How is a little girl supposed to handle that situation? What kind of parent deliberately leaves their child in a shop? And what kind of parent leaves not only the town but the state without their child and without making sure she is being cared for? Honestly, what is up with that woman? Millie will most definitely grow up to have more issues than any psychologist can handle.
Now Karl the Touch typist. I feel sorry for this man. He is obviously an odd soul that misses his wife, and his family’s solution is to put him in an old people’s home. I can imagine taking in an elderly family member would be a difficult decision to make, but should we not ask them what they want to do? I would hate to be put in one if those places just because no one wanted me.
Then we have Agatha Pantha. Well is she a piece of work or what? Sure, there are days I look in the mirror and hate what I see, but I do not yell out all my worst physical features on a daily basis. Yes, I believe we have all judged someone’s appearance, but I would hope we all have enough common sense not shout out insults to random people. Basically, she is a bitter old woman.
The story is wonderfully written with the exception of the dialogue. Why oh why was it italicised? Was ‘ or ” too mainstream, or was this for a specific reason? A+ for doing something a little different, but goshlings it was annoying for me to read.
Now, Lost & Found can make you think about life a little differently, well, at least it did for me, but oh my gosh, did we need all of the details? I picture stories in my head as I read, something that has caused me some mental discomfort while reading this book. I must have purposely forgotten reading these scenes the first time around, but Agatha’s wedding night and, SPOILER, Agatha and Karl, err, together at the end of the book were not images I wanted in my head.
After all of this, I would not blame you for thinking I did not like the book, but I did. I would hope the event that took place in this book are not common, but I did like the Australian touch present throughout the book. The thing I loved most was on page 223 of my copy, where Agatha says “they shall grow not old… as we that are left grow old” which is everywhere here in Australia. In almost every town I have been in, there is some sort of tribute to those who have fought in the war, especially those that never came home. I do not think this is exclusive to us Aussies, but it is something most of us hear at least twice a year on ANZAC day and Remembrance day. It is these little additions that made this book feel so much more Australian, at least for me.
I also liked the message that family is not always blood because it is not. My ‘family’ was always aunts, uncles, and grandparents who had chosen me and I them; very few were blood-related. The thing these people have in common was they decided they wanted to be part of my life and I, in return, part of theirs. Sadly, I have lost many of them and every now and then it hurts, but I am young enough to be hopeful that I will meet more people who will become new members of my ‘family’.
Alrighty, I should wrap this up. Did I like the book? Yes. Did I like it as much as I did the first time? No. Would I read it again? Probably.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆
Over on Goodreads I gave Lost & Found by Brooke Davis 3 stars, though it would be a 3.5 if halves were allowed.
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Until next time bibliophiles!