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Girl in the Walls

by A. J. Gnuse

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A mesmerizing and suspenseful coming-of-age novel about an orphan hiding within the walls of her former family home--and about what it means to be truly seen after becoming lost in life Eventually, every hidden thing is found. Elise knows every inch of the house. She knows which boards will creak. She knows where the gaps are in the walls. She knows which parts can take her in, hide her away. It's home, after all. The home her parents made for her, before they were taken from her in a car crash. And home is where you stay, no matter what. Eddie is a teenager trying to forget about the girl he sometimes sees out of the corner of his eye. But when his hotheaded older brother senses her, too, they are faced with the question of how to get rid of someone they aren't sure even exists. And as they try to cast her out, they unwittingly bring an unexpected and far more real threat to their doorstep.  Written with grace and enormous heart, Girl in the Walls is a novel about carrying on through grief, forging unconventional friendships, and realizing, little by little, that we don't need to fear what we do not understand.… (more)
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So good, a very special and touching story. ( )
  MaraBlaise | Jul 23, 2022 |
A different coming of age story of a young orphan girl who deals with her grief in an unusual way. And the family touched by her unseen presence. ( )
  JJbooklvr | Sep 18, 2021 |
So, this is a well written if unusual story of a girl named Elise, who at 11 years old unable to cope with the death of her parents, she has decided that she is going to occupy her old home. Only problem is that no one knows she is staying there and a new family has moved in. This reduces Elise to living inside the cavernous walls of her old family home, subsisting on food and supplies that she can scavenge when the family are out of home or asleep. Of course, since people aren’t meant to live in walls, Elises’s presence causes a slew of unforeseen drama for both Elise and the new family. There is a whole slew of underlying themes here related to processing grief, and family dynamics. Also a certain sadness for a little girl who’s life was so ripped apart that her only way to cope was to live in secret in a home where her only memories lie. This is a very different from anything I have read recently ,if ever, so that makes it a really interesting story. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | Aug 22, 2021 |
Mostly skimmed this one too. Just not the right time for me with this book. ( )
  Dianekeenoy | May 24, 2021 |
An incredibly different sort of novel. What is it like when a girl is living in the walls of a house as a response to the loss of her parents and the teens of the new owners keep thinking that there is someone there. When they try to discover the person they suspect is living in their home, they inadvertently invite in another, greater threat.

Absolutely had my attention all the way through. ( )
  phoenixcomet | May 14, 2021 |
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A mesmerizing and suspenseful coming-of-age novel about an orphan hiding within the walls of her former family home--and about what it means to be truly seen after becoming lost in life Eventually, every hidden thing is found. Elise knows every inch of the house. She knows which boards will creak. She knows where the gaps are in the walls. She knows which parts can take her in, hide her away. It's home, after all. The home her parents made for her, before they were taken from her in a car crash. And home is where you stay, no matter what. Eddie is a teenager trying to forget about the girl he sometimes sees out of the corner of his eye. But when his hotheaded older brother senses her, too, they are faced with the question of how to get rid of someone they aren't sure even exists. And as they try to cast her out, they unwittingly bring an unexpected and far more real threat to their doorstep.  Written with grace and enormous heart, Girl in the Walls is a novel about carrying on through grief, forging unconventional friendships, and realizing, little by little, that we don't need to fear what we do not understand.

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