Both of Me
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About "Both of Me"
:Elias Phinn has always been considered stupid, but that may be because no one knows his vacant exterior holds a gifted mind. A mind that has learned to focus on his created world of Warilia, through which Elias distills everything he sees in order to cope with the excruciating, actual world around him. But with each passing year, the detailed sketches and notebooks describing Warilia have not only taken over Elias's time, they have become a world he must slip into in order to get through each day. Clara Tobias has been running from her own reality, leaving behind her fragile mother and two siblings in order to have the whirlwind life of travel and adventure she always wanted. She justifies she put in her time caring for others, and that the rest of her life is hers to use as she pleases. Even if guilt won't leave her alone. On a flight out of New York---Elias heading home for the summer, Clara on another trip to Somewhere---the two end up side by side. And when their carry-ons are mistakenly switched, Clara opens her bag to discover the histories of Warilia while Elias finds photographs and journals he uses to flesh out the mysterious girl who sat beside him, whom he sees as the beautiful daughter of a Warilian diplomat, making her and her mother an integral part of his entire world. When Clara arrives at the Phinn's boarding house for her luggage, she begs Elias to show her Warilia---and he does, taking her to locations that to him are not ordinary landscapes and buildings but epic mountains and massive skyscrapers. But as Clara finds herself further drawn to this intriguing boy, word comes her mother has died. When Elias becomes unable to deal with the death of his diplomat, he and Clara leave on a mission Elias claims will preserve Warilia forever. Though in the end it could be the one thing that allows Clara to piece her own world together.
Meet the Author
Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When heÆs not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.
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The main character in this book is from London, whereas Friesen is American. It's obvious he's looked up British slang to make the book accurate, however reading this feels like reading a mockery of British language. The main character, Clara, is running from a secret in her past and has set up a false blog where she asks for money to fund her trip, but claims the money is going to children in need. This is never resolved. She never has to apologise or return the money for essentially stealing from people. She is also very selfish and rude to people she meets, something which I gather is meant to be her 'defensive' character created from the dark thing that happened in her past. Whatever the reason, I didn't like her very much at all. At some points in the book, a character would do something which was random, had nothing to do with the plot, and generally just served to confuse. Another thing which made me uncomfortable was the way Clara referred to Jesus as 'nongod'. I think her lack of belief in the beginning could have been portrayed in a better way. Maybe it would be better for a younger reader(I am 23) without as many expectations as I had, but then again I wouldn't want a younger reader thinking that the things which happen in this book are okay.