Publishers Weekly Review
Victor, the 16-year-old protagonist of this belletristic first novel, has gone to his uncle's cabin in the Vermont woods to try out an aphorism he's seen, You have to be naked to write; there he meets Rose Anna, a home-schooled free spirit and fellow writer who is also 16. The two continue to meet and write together; Rose Anna also lectures him on Wicca and the environment. Their conversations rarely have the feel of genuine dialogue, and their nostalgia for the '60s (when both their mothers lived on communes) gets redundant. Often Victor, while sympathetic, seems overly earnest, as when he feels overwhelmed by Rose Anna's writing and thinks, I need a metaphor. Rose Anna, meanwhile, is too wise, passionate and free of self-consciousness to be a believable teen character. Her story about global warming takes away from the flow of the narrative, and readers are unlikely to share Victor's high opinion of it. Ages 14-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
When teenage Victor picks up an old typewriter at a yard sale, he has no idea how much the ancient machine will change his life. The typewriter's former owner instructs him to go write a book, and he does, after lugging the machine to his uncle's cabin on his bicycle. Deciding to apply the advice that you have to be naked to write literally, he strips, only to realize that someone is at the cabin window a teenage girl, Rose Anna, who, as it turns out, is also a writer. Throughout the Vermont spring, Rose Anna and Victor meet to write their books: hers is an ecological fantasy; his is about their unfolding relationship. Gould offers a sophisticated novel featuring two cerebral teens, both products of hippie moms. Home-schooled Rose Anna, who knows the woods, introduces Victor to tracking, a skill he creatively applies to his rather old-fashioned courtship of Rose Anna. It's a cat-and-mouse game between the two (and between the author and reader), which evolves into a thought-provoking, sensory reading experience.--Bradburn, Frances Copyright 2008 Booklist