Appetizer: The last of the Cybils realistic young adult novels that I'll be featuring is Frost. The novel is the story of
Opening Line: "Before I lived there, before any of this happened, I imagined Frost House as a sanctuary. It crouches on the northern edge of Barcroft Academy in a tangle of lilac and evergreen bushes, shadowed by oaks and sugar maples. Hidden enough that I didn't even know it existed until junior year, when I chased a field hockey ball through the underbrush into its backyard. I assumed the white-clapboard cottage was a faculty member's house. Most Barcroft dorms are three-story brick buildings' this was a weathered old Victorian, small and squat, with a wraparound porch and a mansard roof hugging the second floor. The kind of place a family would life. The first time I saw it, I could almost hear a whispered call mingling with the soft rattle of leaves: Come inside, come inside... (p. 3)
My Thoughts of the Nominee: Frost a wonderful haunting novel. Baer does a wonderful job of bringing the house and setting to life and of slowly revealing Leena to be an unreliable narrator.
I did have some trouble engaging with Frost though. I wasn't too crazy about Leena, Celeste or any of the other characters.
The one aspect I really loved were the descriptions of Frost House. It really came alive...and became the coolest character in the book.