* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Usbourne Publishing
Release Date: February 1st 2016
Teva’s life seems normal: school, friends, boyfriend. But at home she hides an impossible secret. Eleven other Tevas.
Because once a year, Teva separates into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, in the same house… watching the new Teva live the life that she’d been living. But as her seventeenth birthday rolls around, Teva is determined not to let it happen again. She’s going to fight for her future. Even if that means fighting herself.
I read the blurb of this book and thought it sounded fantastic, and just a few days later Chelley from Tales of Yesterday got in touch to ask if I’d like to review it for the Lost and Found Blog Tour – I think it was fate! Big thanks to her for arranging a copy for me, as well as this whole tour.
More of Me follows the story of Teva, or rather, the 16 year old version of Teva, as every birthday she splits in two and leaves her younger self left at home while she lives the next year of her life. 16 year old Teva is desperate to keep living her life, but as her 17th birthday approaches and she feels something stirring inside her, she gets more and more desperate.
I was really blown away with this book. It had me hooked from the very beginning and I raced through it, desperate to unravel its mysteries and see if this Teva could really stop the cycle. No spoilers here so you’ll have to read it to find out 😉
I really connected with Teva’s desperation to remain herself. The idea of not having a future, of not being able to make any plans beyond a year of your life is depressing, but at that age is seems doubly bad. Being 16 is all about planning for the future: passing your A levels, choosing a university or apprenticeship or career. Imagine being surrounded by all that and having to play along but knowing that soon you’ll be stuck inside a house with all your younger selves. The image of all these different stages of Teva like ghosts around the house is really haunting.
Part of me thought the Tevas should have more sympathy for each other, but it’s the tension between Teva and Fifteen that really drives a lot of the story. I suppose, even though you know it’s inevitable, you can’t help but resent the person who’s going to take over your life. I did feel for Fifteen though, who lost her boyfriend as well as her freedom, and the new Teva couldn’t keep up that same relationship, proving they weren’t exactly the same person each time.
Although this is a sci-fi/fantasy, there’s plenty of issues that teens can relate to in real life too – Teva’s itchy, scaly skin (I feel her there, having suffered eczema on and off myself) boyfriend jealousies, feelings for a new boy and lots of identity issues
I’ve already started recommending this to people. It’s an outstanding debut and I can’t wait to see what Kathryn writes next.
About the Author
From a back ground in theatre, Kathryn somehow ended up running a fruit farm and raising two children. In addition to writing, Kathryn loves to belly dance, fences competitively and is Finance Co-ordinator for SCBWI British Isles. It took Kathryn fifteen years to get published, her mum says if she were a dog, she’d be a terrier, a hound of tenacity.
About The Lost and Found Tour
5 YA SCBWI debut authors get together for a UK tour.
Olivia Levez (The Island), Patrice Lawrence (Orangeboy), Kathryn Evans (More of Me), Sue Wallman (Lying About Last Summer), Eugene Lambert (The Sign of One)
Birmingham Waterstones for the launch event chaired by Chelley Toy!
Saturday, 1st October, 2-4pm
Join us for a discussion of identity, loss, and the darkness inside; of self-discovery, friendship, and hope for a better tomorrow as part of the #LostandFound Book Tour.
Unflinching, clever and honest, our five authors explore what it means to grow up when the cards seem to be constantly stacked against you.
Don’t miss your chance to meet these amazing authors, ask questions, and get your books signed.
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|Sat 1st Oct, 2pm
|Thurs 6th Oct, 6pm
||London Islington Waterstones
|Sat 26th Nov
|Thurs 1st Dec
|Sunday 22nd January
||Hampshire Libraries, Petersfield
|Sat 4th March
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Tales of Yesterday
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Thursday 22nd September
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Dani Reviews Things
Monday 26th September
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The Mile Long Bookshelf
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