A Song for Ella Grey

A Song for Ella Grey

eBook - 2015 | First American edition.
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-- Skellig, Raw, emotional, lyrical, funny, and true, -- Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2015]
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780553533613
Characteristics: 1 online resource (268 pages)
Summary: -- Skellig, Raw, emotional, lyrical, funny, and true, -- Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.


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KateHillier Apr 14, 2016

This one was a weird one. I picked it up because I'm a sucker for retellings and the story of Orpheus and Eurydice has always been one that has stuck with me. The prose is lyrical and, considering the Northumberland setting, musical in its own way. The narration is not written in dialect but I can definitely hear Claire's northern accent as she tells the story.

Claire and Ella have been best friends since they were five. They do everything together, even though Ella's parents are quite overprotective, and hang out with a bunch of like minded artsy teens. One day this guy Orpheus shows up and everything changes for everyone.

It's a much better read in retrospect but as you're reading it you definitely don't know if you should be reading this as magical realism or straight up fantasy, which is neat in retrospect. Definitely worth a read if you're into Greek mythology.

martha_w Oct 30, 2015

This is a gorgeous little book, a modern-day retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It's beautifully written, and the entire book has a lyrical, otherwordly feel that fits well with the source material. This book isn't for everyone, but fans of more literary teen fiction and lovely, lovely language will find a lot to love in this one.


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