The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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For fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Girl, Interrupted, and A.S. King, National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.
From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone's subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.
—Adele Griffin


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CCPL_Teens Jul 14, 2020

In this highly inventive novel Addison Stone is just a teenager but she is already caught up in the glamorous and fast paced New York art scene. Addison's paintings sell for a lot of money. She can afford her own apartment, has a rich and famous boyfriend, and doesn't have to answer to anyone. Addison seems to have it all. So when she is found dead it is shock to both her family and friends. Was Addison Stone really not as lucky as she seemed? The novel includes examples of Addison's artwork as well as photos that greatly enhance the reading experience.

adport1 May 05, 2019

Adele Griffin wrote this story so well that I had to keep reminding myself that Addison Stone is a fictional character.
I also liked the format of this story (told in interviews and photos).

Sgordano Apr 23, 2019

Definitely a different concept for a book. The character's life was believable enough to have me wondering in the beginning if this had some truth to it. However, I feel like that spiraled out of control toward the end. The earlier parts of Addison's story sounded quite realistic for a young artist getting fame, but it just kind of started getting out there as the "story" progressed. Nonetheless, I can see certain young readers who would be really into this kind of story and have an easier time following it than traditional prose.

May 10, 2015

Just read 7 pages; going back to the library.

amykduffy Oct 14, 2014

Griffin's novel is formatted as a biography of young, doomed artist Addison Stone. The narrative is composed of snippets of interviews with people who knew Addison best. Her clueless parents, loyal best friend, bitter ex-boyfriends and greedy art dealer all offer insights on why this talented but mentally unstable girl self-destructed. Griffin commissioned several artists to create Addison's paintings, and a model poses as Addison in numerous photographs, encouraging readers to view her as a real person. Although some side characters seem like New York art world stereotypes, Addison remains compelling throughout. The biography format is a refreshing change from typical teen novels.


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