Release Date: April 12th 2016
Genres: Family, Parents, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Siblings, Social Themes, Young Adult
Vivian feels left behind when her older sister, Audra, runs away from home. She believes that Audra will return and pays careful attention to the clues around her. Then, inexplicably, writing begins to appear in a blank notebook.
When Audra does come back for Vivian, she’s in the company of a strange man. The three of them run away together and practice wilderness survival. While Audra plans for the future, Vivian continues to gather evidence: Who is this mysterious man, and does he have any connection to the words appearing in her notebook?
Klickitat is a haunting story, full of atmosphere and awakening, crafted by one of today's most startling literary talents.
My first thought when I finished KLICKITAT was: what did I just read. But not in a bad way, because the more I thought about it, the more I realized I enjoyed this book, although I am still at a loss on how to rate it.
KLICKITAT has been compared to THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and WE WERE LIARS. I would almost add in OF SCARS AND STARDUST, but even that wouldn’t be accurate; this is something entirely new, and I’m always up for a unique story.
Vivian is a somewhat unreliable narrator, which only adds to the mystery and prompts question of what the truth actually is. When her sister disappears she begins to see messages written in her notebook, written in an unfamiliar hand. There is a definite creep factor here, it’s subtle, but some moments made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
I finished KLICKITAT in one sitting, driven by the need to know more and get my questions answered. There’s a constant what’s going on feeling that urges you to keep reading, and makes you come up with theories that are ultimately proved wrong (if you’re me.) I can’t say whether your questions will be answered, at least not in an obvious way, but it definitely makes you think and come up with your own conclusions.
There’s a lot more to this story than what is described in the synopsis. KLICKITAT is an easy read due to its simplicity, but only if you do not look below the surface, where there is a wealth of hidden meanings and depth. The book trailer actually captures this story a little better, which is why I have added it below. If anything, I would recommend that you check this one out for yourself and form your own interpretation.