Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Publication Date: December 23, 2008
Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Lost and alone...Down the rabbit hole.
Alice thought she knew
what solitude was:
Her father—remarried with a newborn
in the icy embrace
of a deadly snowstorm,
Alice faces the true meaning of loneliness.
may not be as far away
as she thinks....
When Alice becomes trapped in the car on a scenic highway with her step-mother and baby sister during a bad snow storm, her attitude changes pretty quickly. Faced with survival and the reality that some (or all) of them might not survive, her perspective changes and she is forced to see how much her family matters to her.
Lisa Schroeder does a great job of capturing a teenage girl's angst, boredom, and resentment. Her words provide vivid emotion as well as imagery. It is easy to imagine the snowstorm and the freezing cold and the desperation, as well as the determination through a time of seemingly increasing hopelessness.
This is my second Lisa Schroeder novel, and I really liked it! Not as much as I liked The Day Before, but this one is also good. I love the way that Lisa Schroeder fits so much story into so few words. It's a fast read that is perfect for winter and the holidays. I definitely want to read the rest of her books. I'd recommend this to fans of novels in verse, snowy settings, and stories that deal with family problems, grief, and survival.