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The Lost Girl Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook õ When you’re an identical twin your story always starts with someone else For Iris that means her story starts with Lark Iris has always been the grounded capable and rational one; Lark has been inventive dreamy and brilliant—and from their first moments in the world together they’Lf as she deals with challenges at school And at the same time something strange is happening in the city around them things both great and small going missing without a trace As Iris begins to understand that anything can be lost in the blink of an eye she decides it’s up to her to find a way to keep her sister saf. A DRC was provided by Edelweiss for a fair and honest reviewLark and Iris how I wanted to like you Despite this reader being wary of books about twins your author is a good writer with the best of intentions for you She wants to write a book about girls being diminished by the patriarchy an insensitive school culture poor though well meaning parenting and their own self doubt She also wants to throw in a good dose of not so nice magic borrowed from everyone from Grimm to Stephen King to Angela Carter She wants Girl Power to rescue you It's just that your battles are undermined by your problems with each other and everyone else and the subseuent confusion sorting it all out This reader found herself sympathizing with your clueless parents coping with your crippling codependency rather than condemning them for siding with the school that wants you to develop independently And believable magic needs to be established as a motif than just dark hints from a creepy antiue store owner especially when everything about him should scream RUN But your twin bubble becomes suffocating for the reader too and your inability to get along with others is disturbing The book's premise is intriguing twins struggling through their first real separation when they are placed in separate fifth grade classrooms must balance the challenges of making other friends contending with bullies and uncomprehending adults with a growing awareness that all is not right in their world The supernatural beckons what with vanishing objects a vanished girl from long ago cranky crows and a mysterious cat and enough illnesses for a 19th century neurasthenic heroine The intrusion of an omniscient narrator warning the reader that something wicked this way comes becomes tiresome since there are enough signals of its coming littered through the plot Ursu does a nice job of conveying the funkiness of the twins' Minneapolis neighborhood and the addition of believable everyday details of elementary school life such as forced conversations between students in small groups known as pods Iris' participation in a Girl Power program and the pressures of homework and gossip make the twins' struggles realistic Ursu is a lovely phrase maker and all of her skill is on display It was only the first day and no one knew yet how the girls would arrange themselves over the course of the camp a series of open circles or in tight sharp immovable shapes” Lark with her social maladjustments twee wardrobe and uirky personality is just a little too wet and Iris with her obsessive compulsive ways and desire to control everything is complicated without sometimes being likable enough Mr Green the antiuary comes off as downright sinister even when he isn't making inappropriate speeches to little girls in his shop What is positive is the portrayal of the majority of their peers as bright empathetic kids who put up with the twins’ neuroses and willingly extend social support and Lark and Iris with friends like these you must have something going for you By the way another read alike about twins caught up in the supernatural is Janet Lunn's Twin Spell a forgotten classic which gets the push mepull you nature of twinship with a haunting sense of the power and potential tragedy this uniue relationship can have

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Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew they had better outcomes when they were togetherWhen fifth grade arrives however it is decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms and something breaks in them both Iris is no longer so confident; Lark retreats into herse. Originally posted here at Random Musings of a BibliophileI knew The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu was going to hold a special place in my heart just a couple chapters in About half way through I had a feeling it would be the book of 2019 that I would try to shove into the hands of any and all who expressed slightest interest in a book recommendation By the time I was finished with it I knew it would be a book that would stay with me always Then comes this part The part where I want to tell the world why I kept thinking that I needed to give my emotions time to settle That I needed to be able to approach it with calm rationale But you know what That is nonsense This book made me feel That is part of its power So this isn't going to be objective I doubt I will ever be able to think about this book objectivelyIris and Lark are identical twins Though they might look the same they are completely different people However they are also two halves of a whole A pair A team When fifth grade begins they discover the powers in their lives have decided it is time for them to learn to navigate life without the other one to rely on They are in separate classes for the first time ever They are being forced into separate after school activities Practical rational fierce Iris finds she lacks the confidence she once had She is uieter Less in command As if in not being able to speak for Lark she has lost her voice Lark shrinks further into herself unsure of how to navigate a teacher who terrifies her the grade bully and an environment that doesn't value her creativity without her sister there to help her And then things start going missing Small things at home Big things around the city And a mysterious shop opens up that seems to hold both uestions and answers and has a strange pull on IrisOne of the reasons I can't really look at this book objectively is Iris The story mainly follows her We have far insight into her activities and thoughts than we do into Lark's world It is a brilliant narrative choice on Ursu's part The mysterious narrator begins the novel discussing both girls and slowly narrows the focus to Iris Because Lark is such an integral part of Iris she's there too but we aren't in her head nearly as often I identify with Iris so thoroughly that it is almost scary There are so many pages with so many uotes that felt pulled directly from my own head I get Iris on a molecular level so it was inevitable that I would be invested in thoroughly invested in her story In her Iris is prickly values rationality knows she is smart but probably shouldn't say it out loud has trouble making friends is confident but introverted and is a unilateral problem solver She doesn't consult others but acts when and how she deems it necessary And speaks her mind without thinking of all the conseuences That she ends up in trouble is unsurprising though how she gets there is in many ways Lark is the creative one She makes up stories is an artist and sees the world in beautiful ways She has a talent for seeing the light in the dark and twisting the tale to show that the monsters are weak and beatable Lark does have trouble navigating the world the way it is in many aspects but she has an inner strength and courage all her own The girls have a beautiful relationship and I felt every bit of their anger fear and resentment at being separatedThe story itself is highly relatable for all readers No one likes change No one likes feeling out of control Any person who has ever felt lonely isolated abandoned or lost will find something in this book with which to relate All of the day to day to school and family problems are typical of any child I loved how well Ursu gets the dichotomy between kids and adults though Sometimes you read a MG book and know that it is being written by someone who is remembering being a kid and not really spending time getting to know actual kids Then sometimes you a read a book that gets it so exactly right and this is one of them It's one of those books I want to hand to adults and say Read this so you understand them Read this so you remember they are beings with feelings and emotions all their own and not just an extension of you A place this is really obvious is in the generational differences in how the characters speak and handle problems I love that the college student who is in charge of Iris's after school club is often flabbergasted by her young charges and what they know and can converse about It's not a wide age gap and yet the difference is staggering which is very true to what I see in my own experience working with a wide range of ages The way the girls at the library club discuss both super heroes and fairy tales is very true to Gen Z or whatever we're calling the current crop of elementary students nowThe other major reason I can't think objectively about this book lies in its very premise and resolution It's hard to discuss thoroughly without spoilers Suffice it to say that the villain is one any girl will recognize from ten paces out but it is also completely understandable why Iris is not wary What Ursu did with that whole part of the plot is nothing short of phenomenal crafting Read it as it is and accept its surface value and it has so much power Stop and thinking about all the possible symbolism there and it packs a whole other punch Either way it will have an impact And the way that evil is finally defeated even so I sobbed my way through last the pages of the novel Cried all over it It was good crying The sort that has a power all of its own and is renewingI want to put this book in every girl's hands so they know that they are not alone

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The Lost GirlWhen you’re an identical twin your story always starts with someone else For Iris that means her story starts with Lark Iris has always been the grounded capable and rational one; Lark has been inventive dreamy and brilliant and from their first moments in the world together they’ve never left each other’s side. Powerful story about sisterhood twinhood girlhood I highly recommend this to all readers regardless of age or gender because of what it has to say about growing up finding yourself and being independent vs knowing when you need help