SUPERVISION by ALISON STINE
Supervision by Alison Stine
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: April 9th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Kicked out of school in New York, she’s sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.
And something is wrong with the friendly neighbor Ez’s age with black curls and blue eyes: He’s dead.
*MY BOOK REVIEW*
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Supervision by Alison Stine is a book that the young adult audience will devour and completely enjoy! Right from the start of this novel I was drawn into the story and intrigued by what was going on with the main character, Esme. Not only does weird stuff happen to her, but, right out of the blue, her sister sends her to live with her grandmother when Esme gets in trouble at school.
Most of the characters in this book are rich with story and not all of them are likable which makes me appreciate them even more. At times I found there were perhaps a couple of characters that weren’t genuinely needed in order to move the story along, but I enjoyed learning about them anyway. However, there were a couple of characters who I kept mixing up and I am not sure if it was because they were similarly described in personality or just due to the fact there were a large group of characters involved with the story. I was also unsure about Esme’s grandmother as I felt her character was almost split in personality, like two different characters entirely from the beginning of the novel and then compared with her character towards the end of the story.
There were moments when this book reminded me of one of my all time fave young adult books, Displaced Person by Lee Harding. Yet, at other times I certainly felt more of the paranormal aspect to the story.
While I really enjoyed this novel, there were moments when I found the story did not entirely match up with the blurb and while that wasn’t such a bad thing, I did find it annoying that what I had concluded from the blurb was not actually the full truth of the novel.
My main concern with this story, and the reason why I scored it three and a half stars rather than four, was the fact that there seemed to be two different story lines occurring with the main character. I was never quite sure as to which story line was more important and the one I should be investing in; why Esme was the way she was or why there was a vengeful ghost after her.
Overall, I am strongly recommending Supervision by Alison Stine to young adults and lovers of that genre and giving the novel 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Also the author of three books of poetry: Wait (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), Ohio Violence (University of North Texas Press, 2009), and Lot Of My Sister (Kent State University Press, 2001), she has worked as an actor, an artist’s model, a high school teacher, and a professor. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio University, and is an avid urban explorer.