The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Coming of Age
When a London teen travels to Los Angles for the funeral of her mother, who left her as a young child, finds a suitcase of love letters and photos that sets her on a path to find out who her mother really was, she begins to questions the foundation of her own personality and if the life of a runaway is the right choice for her.
Anna Stothard’s The Pink Hotel focuses on an unnamed narrator and how her life seems to revolve around one question: Who is Lily? It is a very quick read, and while the story is unique and fresh, the end ultimately left me unsatisfied.
This is not to say that it was not an enjoyable story, but the motives and actions of the main character left me uneasy. She is 17, ran away from home, and ultimately throws herself into following the footsteps of her mother, which involves her being in a deceitful sexual relationship with a man that is twice her age.
The narrator, I have to say, is just unlikable and the reader never really gets to know her, at all. This is frustrating to the reader because it makes the story feel almost unreal. Yes, it is fiction, but the point of reading is to get a glimpse of life that you ultimately would not be receiving. Through all of the ups and downs that the main character goes through, it is frustrating that she remained unreachable.
The plot of the story was interesting and new, but it also felt destructive. The narrator steals and lies continually through the story, all while claiming that she is doing so to find out more about her mother. Then she finds out that her mother, like the narrator, she had put on a facade and was in a bad crowd and died due to those choices and the narrator continued to believe that it was alright to live that way.
All in all, I did not like this book at all, even though it was a quick read. The concept it was really attracted me to the story, but unfortunately, it was not a good read.
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