Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Review: The Lost Girl

Title The Lost Girl

Author Sangu Mandanna

Release Date August 28, 2012

Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination--an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything and everyone she's ever known--the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love--to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be--until she found the strength to decide for herself.

Wow! Mandanna's debut novel has to be the best book I've read this year. No, I take that back. It has to be the best book I've read in a really long time. I love it. In fact, I loved it a lot more than I thought I would.

The concept of echoes was different. It was a much more complex and fascinating process than the typical cloning. And while Mandanna doesn't go as in-depth into the process of creating echoes as I would have liked, she does tell you enough. It's enough to be intrigued and curious, but also somewhat hesitant. There's a fear of the unknown that makes it all the better.

The book was just fantastic. The writing was beautifully done. Mandanna's writing is powerful and full of emotion. The characters were real. I understood every character and how their behavior fit them. While I might not have agreed with a character, I understood them (even the Weavers). I feel like that's an important part of characters. The plot was fantastic. I really don't think there's enough good things I could possibly say.

I know many people would like a sequel to The Lost Girl, but I personally hope this stays a stand-alone book. I think, while not perfect, the ending was nicely done. I like it being as open to interpretation as it is. Yes, it would have been nice to have a definite answer as to what happens, but sometimes it's good to leave it to the imagination.

In case it isn't obvious, I recommend The Lost Girl to anyone that hasn't already read it . And I look forward to Sangu Mandanna's next book.


5 out of 5 stars


  1. Sounds like a good read, can't wait to find the time to pick it up sometime.

  2. Looks very interesting! The setting remids me a bit of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

  3. Oh, I love that book, too! Now that you mention it, it does remind me of Never Let Me Go. Good catch. :)


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