May 18, 2015

Review: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North

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Sophie Stark is a strange girl. She's always been different, not like anybody else. She likes observing people and that's what she does very well. So well that she ends up being a famous movie maker. Her first movie was a documentary about Daniel, a guy she's met in college. She stalks him with her camera and the result is a brilliant documentary. Sophie doesn't come out unscathed though and her brother Robbie is constantly worried. The next movie she makes is about Allison, who's been through something traumatic. She's the main character in the movie about her own life and discovers she's a good actress. Sophie and Allison are lovers, but Sophie does something unforgivable to her and then she leaves.

Sophie's star rises when she makes a video for Jacob's band. The video is really good and Sophie gains a lot from it. A husband and a story for her next movie. When she meets George Sophie needs a place to stay. He thinks they're going to make a movie together, but in reality Sophie has planned something completely different. This time Sophie won't tell a story, she's directing a movie with a script and Allison is playing the lead. Allison has a good life now, but letting Sophie back into her life messes everything up again.

Sophie isn't a nice person. She's strange, artistic and she has weird eating habits. She's thin, but exceptionally strong and she isn't pretty in a conventional way, but she has something that attracts people. They do everything to make her love them. In this process they always end up harmed. She doesn't do it because she wants them to suffer, but because that's what she's like. When she focuses on someone they're the center of her world, but when there's a new project she moves on and leaves them behind. That's what Sophie does and they know it, but she's like a magnet, they love her nonetheless. 

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark reads like a movie. It's like watching a documentary. Anna North has written a brilliant story in an unusual way. I like the way she tells Sophie's story, through the eyes of the people who mattered to her. It has a great flow and everything that happens seems really natural. That's what fascinated me. Sophie leaves a trail of destruction, but she doesn't destroy people. Her personality is what makes this book so special. The ending is fantastic and completely fitting. This book is so good, it's a literary gem and a definite must read.


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2 comments:

  1. I'm intrigued by this, particularly now you've shared how the story was told, Suze. Fabulous review. :)

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    1. I think you will love this story. Thanks for the compliment :).

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