The Walls Around Us

The Walls Around Us

eBook - 2015
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"With evocative language, a shifting timeline and more than one unreliable narrator, Suma subtly explores the balance of power between the talented and the mediocre, the rich and the poor, the brave and the cowardly . . . To reveal more would be to uncover the bloody heart that beats beneath the floorboards of this urban-legend-tinged tale." —The New York Times The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one dead. On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old ballerina days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls' juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries: What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one? PRAISE FOR THE WALLS AROUND US: "A gorgeously written, spellbinding ghost story." —Chicago Tribune "Unputdownable . . . the well-paced plot reveals guilt, innocence, and dark truths that will not stay hidden." —The Boston Globe "Suma excels in creating surreal, unsettling stories with vivid language, and this psychological thriller is no exception. Along the way, Suma also makes a powerful statement about the ease with which guilt can be assumed and innocence awarded, not only in the criminal justice system, but in our hearts—in the stories we tell ourselves. A fabulous, frightening read." —Booklist, starred review "The wholly realistic view of adolescents meeting the criminal justice system is touched at first with the slimmest twist of an otherworldly creepiness, escalating finally to the truly hair-raising and macabre. Eerie, painful and beautifully spine-chilling." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review "This haunting and evocative tale of magical realism immerses readers in two settings that seem worlds apart . . . Suma's unflinchingly honest depiction of the potentially destructive force of female friendship and skillful blending of gritty realism with supernatural elements is reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls, and the eerie mood she evokes is unnervingly potent." —School Library Journal, starred review "In lyrical, authoritative prose, Suma weaves the disparate lives of [the] three girls into a single, spellbinding narrative that explores guilt, privilege, and complicity with fearless acuity. . . The twisting, ghostly tale of Ori's life, death, and redemption is unsettling and entirely engrossing." —The Horn Book Magazine, starred review "Gratifyingly disturbing . . . Suma craftily sets the two stories against one another, moving between Violet's fiercely grounded account and Amber's hauntingly destabilized one, enticing readers to figure out how the pieces go together." —Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, starred review "Powerful . . . The compelling narrative, written in scintillating prose and featuring incredibly real characters, brings the two stories together in an explosive finale with a supernatural twist that results in a satisfying resolution." —VOYA, starred review "Gripping . . . Just try to put this down."...
Publisher: New York : Algonquin Young Readers, 2015.
ISBN: 9781616204860
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Apr 26, 2017

What an amazing book! The writing is unique and the story is interesting and keeps you captivated throughout the entire book. The ending is absolutely amazing and it completely surprised me! I can't stop thinking about this book, and I think that it is good for people who enjoy a sort-of mystery/a dark story with a super interesting plot twist! Also, the cover of the book is spot-on and perfect!!!

Oct 26, 2016

I have never read a book like this before. I really enjoyed it though it was a bit hard to follow at times. A lot of twists and unexpected revelations. The story is also told from two points of views Amber represents the past and Violet represents the present.

This author definitely has a way with words and her writing style. You do need to follow along as little clues are dropped in which you have to put together. There is also a lot of reading between the lines that has to be done as nothing it cut out for you.

I had to wiki the story as the ending was weird and I could not understand it. I guess justice was "served" but not in the way I had hoped to go down.

Oct 02, 2016

This is such a peculiar book! Amber is a teenager imprisoned for the murder of her stepfather. Violet is a ballerina about to attend Julliard. They are connected only by Ori, a former ballerina who is then imprisoned alongside Amber. The two narrators aren’t telling their stories at the same time, leading to readers having to piece everything together as the book progresses. The books’ writing is beautiful and haunting, and story is just strange, strange, strange.

CMLReads_Kristin May 20, 2016

Black Swan meets The Tell-Tale Heart in this creepy story of murderous ballerinas and a maybe-haunted juvenile detention center. Pay close attention...the ending as all the details finally snick into place is quite satisfying. Lovely writing. Good on audio!

Apr 06, 2016

Dark and addicting. You have to pay attention. It's wild and scary. And it's a topic I have never read about nor understand. I realize it's fiction, but it brought a section of the world to life for me. It was great!

Feb 29, 2016

A beautifully written, atmospheric, twisty little novel about the secret monsters inside all of us, and what happens if we choose to let them go. Describing this novel as "ghostly" physiological thriller is a perfect way to capture the little bit of supernatural the book contains, and which sets what could be just another tale of mean girls apart. You will need to play close attention as you read.

KateHillier Jul 15, 2015

The real winner with this book is the writing. The dust jacket describes it as 'singing' and I'd have to say the description is pretty bang on. It's more of a chant to me but, much like the last book I read, it's very rhythmic. That's no matter which girl is speaking.

On one hand you have Amber. An inmate at a juvenile detention centre who sort of operates outside of the girls themselves. No one really talks to her but she is aware of everyone and everyone's actions. Amber doesn't say how long her sentence is but it's implied it's very long.

On the other hand we have Violet. Violet who is a star ballerina now and is headed to Julliard despite the events of three years ago that resulted in two deaths and the incarceration of her best friend.

No revelations come as a real surprise but the way that the story unfolds between the two narratives and the end results that finally lay plain the truth and justice is finally served are really worth the journey no matter how wandering it seems to be at points.

Black Swan meets Suspiria is probably my best way of describing this one. YA fans, definitely give this one a look.


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Bookwormie95 Jun 12, 2018

"Home is where the heart is, and where the hell is, and where the hate is, and where the hopelessness is. Which made Aurora Hills pretty much like home."

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