The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

Book - 2012
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"Fifteen-year-old Eva is the clone of a girl living far, far away on another continent--and when this 'other' dies, Eva must step in and take over her life"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062082312
0062082310
Branch Call Number: / SF MANDANN SANGU
Characteristics: 419 p. ; 22 cm

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“I want to be human so badly it hurts.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“You have to be a two people; a saint and a sinner”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“'You exist by the Weavers' grace. Only as long as you are what they expect of you. Do not understand how fragile that is? But if you replace your other, you might be safe. You might make your familiars happy, and then they will always keep you. So if only for my sake, child, hope that happens.'

'I don't wish for her to die!'

'Then I will wish it,' she replies ruthlessly.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“But maybe that's what the dead do. They stay. They linger. Benign and sweet and painful. They don't need us. They echo all by themselves.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“You,” he says, before the door closes all the way. “I often dream of you.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“If you expect the worse, you're only denying someone a chance to be better”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“I’d rather spend the rest of my life without ever seeing you again,” he says, “than watch them destroy you because of me.”

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Lampcap
May 04, 2017

The book is very good on all levels. Many may not think so, but the book can be even better if you open up and imagine the images in your mind and let the world of Eva take you away.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 04, 2017

This wasn't a fabulous and extraordinary book by any means, it was kind of different but not appealing in particular. I have read a lot better, as it is probably very hard to get into books after such fabulous reads such as Divergent or the Throne of Glass. The protagonist is a clone, someone who was designed by a family in India so that should they ever lose their real daughter, they wouldn't have to deal with her loss. But Eva, an echo, is called on one day to fulfill the duty that she never really looked forward to. She had a life before, and resents living for another. It was a different perspective to attempt to relate to, and while at certain parts I did, others I couldn't. 3/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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lostintheshelves
Aug 03, 2016

As a representative of a particular sub-genre (the post-Twilight, post-Hunger Games sf YA novel), this book about an "echo," a not-quite-clone trained to step into the life of another girl, is a fast read that handles its romance elements better than most. The romantic lead is appealing, and the "bad boy" false romantic lead is rejected in satisfying ways. But like most books in the genre, the world-building makes no sense, both practically and emotionally. Obviously that's because the sf metaphor is really about a teen girl exploring her autonomy and relationship with her parents, but it's hard to take so many logical inconsistencies. It's also weird how steadfastly a book set largely in India about an Indian protagonist works to make that world sound exactly like white middle-class norms in the West.

In my experience teen girls love this book, but it doesn't work for adult readers fond of YA like me.

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Kyanite
Jun 05, 2014

Not bad, but I'm not in love with the ending...

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nplante
Jan 21, 2013

Amazing book - great concept and characters are very real

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Lampcap
May 04, 2017

Lampcap thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

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