I’ve never read a book like THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE. And I’ve read many other books by the author, Adele Griffin, who, by the way, is amazing. ADDISON STONE has been pitched as a “docu-novel.” It’s set up as somewhat of a biography of the fictional title character, Addison Stone, a young artist who left small-town New England for big-city New York only to end up dead at eighteen. Her death becomes scandal. Some say it’s an accident. Some say one or even both of her boyfriends could be involved. Some think that her history of mental health problems points to suicide.
But everyone agrees: Addison Stone was a prodigy, one of a kind. And there will never be another like her.
THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE is a unique reading experience. With visual art — pieces by Addison, discussed in the book — mixed in, along with portraits and snapshots of Addison, the book is narrated not only by the people Addison knew (from childhood besties to boyfriends to frenemies and teachers and family and the press) but her body of work. It’s easy to forget that this is a fictional account, that Addison is a character, and not a real girl. That these paintings and illustrations are work commissioned by Adele Griffin for her book, that the girl in the photos is not Addison, but a model.
In short? Read this book. Read it now. It’s beautiful and intense and the kind of book that stays with you, that makes your world both bigger and smaller. Meet Addison Stone, and hold her close to your heart.