Ultraviolet, by R.J. Anderson.
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori — the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?
Read this book immediately if:
- You like unreliable narrators, like Liar by Justine Larbalestier
- You loved Girl, Interrupted, either the movie or the book.
- You loved One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, either the movie or the book.
- You loved the book A Wrinkle in Time
- You like tall, gangly, awkward boys/young men. Faraday, a young scientist who begins working with Alison, the main character, is like Calvin O’Keefe to the nth degree: super smart, super sensitive, and super sexy. Also, he has (at least when Alison looks into them) violet eyes.
- You were ever jealous of that perfect girl in your class that always got everything you ever wanted
- You’re interested in rare diseases. Alison, the main character, has (among other issues) a condition known as synesthesia, which is a disorder which can cause a person to strongly associate numbers with colors, or perceive sounds as having colors (hence Faraday’s violet eyes).
- You loved Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlen.
- You love a wrenchingly romantic final line (which I will not give away here, but damn, that was a good ending).
I was sent a complimentary copy of this book from the great folks at Lerner Books/Carolrhoda lab in return for identifying a reference to a review of Lolita and I am so glad they sent it to me; it’s totally one of my favorite books of the summer.