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A small town. A missing schoolgirl. A terrible secret. And one girl's fight to survive. Sixteen-year-old Claudette Flint is coming home from hospital after an escalating depression left her unable to cope. Released into the care of her dad, she faces the daunting task of piecing herself back together.She may look unchanged; but everything's different. The same could be saiA small town. A missing schoolgirl. A terrible secret. And one girl's fight to survive.Sixteen-year-old Claudette Flint is coming home from hospital after an escalating depression left her unable to cope. Released into the care of her dad, she faces the daunting task of piecing herself back together.She may look unchanged; but everything's different. The same could be said about her seaside hometown: this close-knit community seems to be unspooling in the wake of the sudden disappearance of one of her schoolmates, Sarah.As the police investigate and the press dig around for dirt, small town secrets start to surface - and Claudette must do everything in her power to keep her head above water. Another Place is a novel about lost girls - and the meaning of home....

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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Another Place Reviews

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2019-04-27 08:10

    I think I need more time to think about how truly great this book was, because I'm sitting on the fence between a four and five star rating. It was just so REAL. 'Another Place' is Matthew Crow's second book and it's miles better than 'In Bloom', which just felt like it was trying to be the UK's answer to 'The Fault in Our Stars'. The writing was well executed, flipping seamlessly between the past and present to give you an idea of the relationship Claudette had with Sarah. The character descriptions were so precise that I knew exactly who everyone was. The conversations were gritty and sad, funny and heartwarming, depending on who Claudette was speaking to...I could go on and on. I've read books about characters with depression before. I've read about troubled teenagers and criminals but never has that niche group being portrayal as well as they are here. If you liked the third season of 'Broadchurch' - for vibe and tone - this is the book for you. I'd also recommend going into the book not really knowing much, so you can be surprised and intrigued by every page like I was. If I see this at YALC, you know I'll be snapping it up for sure!

  • Rosie
    2019-05-16 06:04

    Easily one of the best books I've read this year.

  • Kath Elizabeth
    2019-05-01 05:58

    *I received a free digital copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*This was a bit of a disappointment. The premise intrigued me - main character Claudette has just spent six weeks in hospital for bipolar disorder, and while she was there a girl from her school (Sarah) has gone missing. The whole town is looking for her, but nobody realises Claudette had a secret friendship with Sarah.Unfortunately the execution of this book isn't good. Its got an odd and confusing storyline, and a lot of characters who seem very irrelevant to the plot. The town Claudette lives in is bleak and poor, and it gave the overall story a really seedy feel. Claudette isn't a very nice person either - she's rude and self absorbed, and I didn't really care for her. She has two male friends, Ross and Jacob, who I regularly got mixed up because they were so flat and two dimensional. The only character I found at all interesting was Sarah the missing girl. I wanted to know what had happened to her, and I was a little disappointed when I found out, as it wasn't an exciting reveal but just a rather bleak ending. Claudette's bipolar disorder was handled fairly well. There were some lines I liked, in particular someone says to Claudette - "you live in a place most people only visit" - referring to her mental illness. I can relate very strongly to this, as I suffer with a mental illness too. However I wasn't sure why the author chose to combine a story about bipolar disorder with a story about a missing person. It just didn't really work.

  • Chiara
    2019-05-06 06:42

    The one star is for the pretty cover.

  • David Owen
    2019-05-01 03:01

    Anybody who has read 'In Bloom', Matthew Crow's previous book, will know he's a beautiful, truthful writer. 'Another Place' is further testament to that fact.It is by turns gorgeous, tough, heartbreaking, funny, and shocking. It's refreshing to read a book featuring depression and mental illness that not only *gets it*, but is about someone familiar, almost comfortable with their illness, someone who is doing their best to rebuild themselves and find a way to live with it. The characters are vividly drawn in all their complexity and contradiction, the setting is gloriously realised and grimy, and the whole thing is told in a tender, sardonic voice that it utterly compelling. 'Another Place' is highly recommended.

  • Charlotte
    2019-05-16 03:56

    *This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* The story follows a teenage girl called Claudette who returns home after a hospital stay for her mental illness and learns that her fellow classmate, Sarah, has gone missing. As part of her recovery, Claudette’s therapist has instructed her to set herself goals, no matter how small. Claudette decides her goal for the summer is to find Sarah. Another Place fell very short for me. I expected it to be a great mystery novel but it was packed full of characters and subplots that I didn’t really care about, which made it hard to connect to anything. The way that Claudette talks about Sarah made it seem like they were best friends but in fact they were minor acquaintances. It fell quickly into “John Green manic pixie dream girl” territory and that just pulled me out of the story even more. The book does have some redeeming factor and one of those is handling of mental illness. Claudette has a wonderful father who does his best to stand up and support his daughter which encourages Claudette to open up. Even when unsure of how to act upon her return, he doesn’t shut himself off from her and it was a perfect example of a supportive relationship that may encourage those struggling to open up to their own family members.

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    2019-04-20 01:00

    Dreadful. Not worth a review.

  • Karenza
    2019-05-12 06:57

    I didn't really connect with Claudette and honestly I felt like this story was so miss matched with different storylines, there wasn't one clear thing that happened.

  • Mary
    2019-05-01 23:53

    I liked this plot. I hated the main characters - all of them. Some of the plot made zero sense. Was hard to follow at times. Idk - maybe not the author for me?

  • Anne
    2019-04-23 02:41

    Another Place by Matthew Crow was published in paperback on 3 August 2017 by Atom.Another Place is a book targeted at a Young Adult market. I am not a Young Adult. I haven't been a Young Adult for many many years. However, I am a huge fan of Matthew Crow. His last YA book, In Bloom remains one of my all time favourite books, I read and reviewed it here on Random Things back in 2013. The sign, for me, of a great book, one that I have loved and enjoyed, is the number of folded back page corners in my copy. I fold back pages that contain beautiful phrases, wonderful description and writing that makes my heart sing. My copy of Another Place has lots of folded corners. There are too many marked parts to put into this review, if I included them all, you wouldn't really need to buy the book!Another Place is Claudette's story. She's seventeen and lives in the North East of England, in a town that was once thriving, but is now dark and grey, with closed down shop fronts and an undercurrent of drug culture, and the violence and menace that goes with it. Claudette begins her story as she leaves hospital. She was there because she had a breakdown that involved broken glass and injured teachers. Claudette and her father live alone, her mother left years ago. She and her Dad have a fabulous relationship, he loves her and supports her. He is her tiger when she needs one. He also struggles to understand the scars on her arms and the moods.Claudette is a strong and streetwise seventeen year old. No stranger to drink, or sex and not shy to confront anyone. It is the inner demons that she finds the hardest to confront, and the author's description of how she deals with the regular panic attacks is wonderfully blunt:"It's fine, I have asthma, I said quickly, rather than the truth. ........... Asthma was a safer bet. Nobody ever wanted to talk about asthma. It was like saying you had stew for dinner. People accepted it and moved on."Claudette is astute, and kind and determined. The town is buzzing because a young girl, Sarah, has disappeared. Claudette and Sarah had a strange relationship; a friendship that only they knew about. They confided in each other, they told the truth that was hidden from others, and Claudette is determined to find out just what has happened to Sarah.Whilst the mystery of Sarah's disappearance is the centre of the story, the real detail is in the characters and the relationships between them. Matthew Crow has a magic touch when creating these. The blossoming friendship between Sarah and the elderly Mr Fitzpatrick is beautifully imagined, growing gently and exposing more truths that painfully bind them together.The characters in Another Place are lively and so well rounded. Claudette's friend Donna is an absolute joy, her brother Adam is quieter but no less well defined, and then there is Paula. Paula is Claudette's Dad's partner and is probably my favourite of them all. So exquisitely detailed, I read this and I saw her:"Paula was low-hanging fruit. She wore fleeces with Alsatians on them that she bought at the indoor market. She hand-made most of the presents she gave. She clipped a pedometer to the elastic of her jogging bottoms every morning without fail. She walked ten thousand steps a day and still ended up back in the same place she started." Another Place is a wonderful book. It is heartwarming, yet gritty and down to earth. It is full of humour and sometimes is overwhelming in its sadness. It is an insightful and clever observation of the world of teenage mental health, grimy towns and people who will hurt others to protect themselves.A truly beautiful story. Poignant, gripping and witty and deserves to become a classic.https://randomthingsthroughmyletterbo...

  • Sigourney
    2019-04-21 07:02

    Received from NetGalley for review. 2.5 starsEven though I lost interest half-way through, Another Place is by no means a bad book; Matthew Crow has written about a teenage girl with depression with incredible realism and sensitivity, and does not shy away from the unpleasantness of it all. Although I found the actual plot too slow, I can only applaud Crow’s writing and the way he crafts his characters – every character was well-developed and had a unique voice, everyone had a purpose and something to add to the novel.The story itself follows sixteen-year-old Claudette, recently released from a psychiatric hospital following a struggle with depression and a breakdown, and the disappearance of Sarah, one of Claudette’s classmates who seemed to exist within the darker side of society. The small town in which she lives is reeling from Sarah’s disappearance, as well as being unsure how to react to Claudette now that she’s out of hospital. The good:- Realistic depiction of depression in teenagers. I found Claudette to be a very real character; she’s only young and dealing with a lot in terms of her mental health, she has to learn how to cope with her depression and deal with the way it affects her life. I know that at sixteen I was not coping well, so Claudette being written as sometimes grumpy, listless, selfish, all felt authentic – mental illness sucks and should never be romanticised, and it hasn’t been here.- Character interaction and development. The characters are brilliant, all their little quirks and nuances makes them feel like real people, and I loved the way Claudette and her dad interacted. So adorable.- Hints at darkness. The story is set in a small town where everyone seems to know everyone, but there are hints early on at something darker going on within the town.The not so good:- Plotline. We know that Claudette has a breakdown, we know that Sarah has disappeared. After that there wasn’t much excitement for me – Claudette decides to solve the mystery of Sarah’s disappearance and delve into the town’s seedier underbelly, but I found it a bit slow and didn’t really care how things panned out.- Fairly predictable plot. I mostly skimmed the last half of the novel and I wasn’t surprised how it ended, though this may not be the case for everyone.

  • crow!!
    2019-05-16 08:10

    ★✩✩✩✩another place is by no means a bad book, merely disappointing. i picked it up mainly due to the lack of any semblance of badly-written teenage romance in the description. to give the book some credit, there was no partaking in any awful romantic inclinations for the main character — unsurprising, really, considering claudette may well be one of the worst main characters i've ever had the displeasure to journey through a book with.i think, unfortunately, claudette is the main reason this book falls short for me. i figured that maybe she would offer a realistic and accurate portrayal of bipolar disorder in contemporary fiction, but i was sadly mistaken. claudette is obnoxiously self-absorbed and incredibly rude, i was constantly in awe of how her fellow characters (particularly paula) could put up with her so well. i particularly hated her inclination to blame her poisonous personality on her mental illness and the way she easily fell into the victim role when it suited her.another downfall of the book comes from its shoddy side-characters and subplots, ones that perhaps would be easier to care about if they weren't so dull and uninspiring. i was particularly unimpressed by the male characters of the book, who i found myself caring less and less about as the story 'developed'. i was especially disappointed by the book's conclusion. (view spoiler)[considering that dan had been implicated from the start, i had expected some sort of exciting and unpredictable twist at the end. no such luck. (hide spoiler)]the only redeemable quality of the book was the fact that it wasn't too long, meaning i could get it read and finished with quickly — a little harsh, but true nonetheless. i would recommend this book particularly to people who appreciate bleak, mindless plots and extremely unpleasant characters.

  • Katie Hurse
    2019-05-09 00:01

    Okay, firstly, do not let this book's beautiful front cover fool you: this story was seriously dark, much more so than I expected!! Secondly, the plot is hella similar to that of Lauren Oliver's Vanishing Girls (and vice versa, of course). Like I said in another recent review, I feel like I'm just getting bored of these stories about beautiful, troubled girls going missing...anyone else??I'm definitely conflicted. I certainly preferred this story to Matthew Crow's In Bloom - for the most part, our protagonist here, Claudette, was much more likeable than In Bloom's. But still, at certain times, she was a little irritating. Also, I'm not sure what really happened to the mental health storyline - it felt like she was completely distracted by the hunt for Sarah and she barely seemed to mention her depression, unless it was in the past-tense...I don't know if I missed other, more subtle references to it, but it seemed a little lacking to read as utterly realistic, for me personally.Claudette's best friend (whose name escapes me, sorry!!!) was hilarious and I really wanted more of her in the story. I also wanted to know more about her relationship with her dad and Paula. I enjoyed the flashbacks, explaining her relationship with Sarah, although they were seriously dark (stealing insulin and inhalers was taking it waaaaay too far for me, hated that), but the present-day pieces of narrative just fell flat for me.As for the big twisty reveal?! It's not big or twisty at all, particularly. Kind of a letdown, overall.

  • Shakirah Jelley
    2019-05-20 05:00

    "Ever think about covering these up?" he asked, stroking his fingers across my scars."No.""They're hideous. Don't they remind you about the time you nearly died?" "They remind me that I lived."This book isn't the greatest. I'm gonna be totally honest. The narrative structure is pear shaped and all over the place and there aren't any clear plot points. If someone asked me to draw a timeline of the book and what takes place within it, I could probably write down the beginning and the end. It feels like the plot wasn't planned in the slightest, or a least not that much.I feel like Matthew Crow tries way too hard to be "down with the kids". He is writing as a girl and young people when he has no idea what they sound like. The dialogue is totally off, and I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the things the characters say. This book wasn't the best, or the greatest, but at least it tried to bring mental health issues into YA. Although, depression doesn't equal self harm. And self harm doesn't equal depression.2*/5, not the greatest book to read in a readathon. I can feel a slump coming on

  • Charlotte
    2019-05-03 04:41

    Another Place is Matthew Crow’s second book, and he is quickly establishing himself as a British author intent on writing beautifully honest YA fiction. The story follows seventeen year old Claudette who has just returned home from hospital after her depression got out of her hands, to learn that one of her fellow classmates, Sarah, has gone missing. Claudette lives in a small town, and everyone wants to know what happened to Sarah, but no one it seems more than Claudette. Flipping between the past and present seamlessly, Crow executes this story brilliantly giving a clear idea of the relationship Claudette had with Sarah. Each character is developed excellently, even the minor ones being given a description so precise that you could picture them all vividly. This is heartbreaking, funny and shocking all at the same time. It is very refreshing to read a book dealing with mental illness that not only understands it, but is narrated by a character who is comfortable within themselves and is doing the best they can to rebuild themselves. The tender and sardonic narration is utterly compelling.

  • Alexandra Nunney
    2019-05-15 01:50

    I was expecting to think this book was alright, meaning I didn't go in with high expectations.I'd never read anything by the author before or even heard of them (not a subtle barb) and I bought the book because it was cheap, had a pretty cover and based on the synopsis I was pretty confident that I'd think it was, as I said, alright. I was pleasantly surprised. Things didn't happen quite the way I expected them to, while I didn't like all the characters (you're not supposed to) they were for the most part well fleshed out and felt read, and the parts I enjoyed about the novel would usually be the things that would take a backseat for me.It's hard to review this one really.The writing is good. It's a short, quick read. You can feel that there was real emotion put into this book. Definitely worth a read. After reading it I'm highly surprised by some of the very negative reviews it has received on here but each to their own.

  • Emily
    2019-05-13 04:48

    I really enjoyed this book and was extremely impressed with the way that Crow handled the subject of mental illness. I tend to avoid books with teenage characters because they're often written in a way that's extremely stereotypical, annoying and completely unrealistic. Thankfully that can't be said for Claudette or Sarah, both of whom I loved and empathised with a great deal. The reason it falls short of 5 stars for me is the lack of satisfaction I felt at the ending. Whilst I was pleased to see Claudette reach a positive stage in her life, I wasn't particularly satisfied with the answer to the mystery of Sarah's death. This shouldn't be seen as a deal breaker though, because everything that came before it was so worth it. Overall, a great book that I'd highly recommend.

  • Darci Simmons
    2019-05-21 06:51

    Another Place wasn't good, but it wasn't bad.This book had no idea what it wanted to be. A mental health novel? A mystery/ crime? Who knows? It was supposed to be both, and it kind of worked, but it felt forced. This book wasn't edited very well. There were multiple inconsistencies (a dog suddenly was a kitten), and missing words here and there. The writing is good for the most part. It can be a little slow, but the imagery was great. There were many good quotes and sentiments within the book. One thing that bothered me was the timeline. This story takes place over a summer, but other than knowing that, you don't get anything else. So, I found it difficult to follow the days.

  • Im Cooper
    2019-05-21 06:03

    I was really disappointed with this book. I feel like i’m being nice by giving it two stars. There was so much potential for this book to be so so good and it just didn’t reach that level. The mental health side was glossed over and each characters story wasn’t very in depth so there wasn’t any connections between reader and character that could’ve been made which i found boring. Maybe it’s just that before this book i read easily a 10 star book so maybe it was down to my expectations being too high. I’m not sure but either way I didn’t like another place 🙁

  • Mihai Bunea
    2019-05-11 05:52

    I’ve bought this book because I saw it in Rosie Freckle’s best 2017 books. And the truth is I wasn’t ready. Claudette is a very well shaped character and even though I didn’t understand her actions it portrayed so well the struggles of a person with mental health issues.Matthew Crows writting is superb. And the subject in the book is tackled with wit and sometimes with excruciating detail—making you feel all Claudette feels.I’ll surely recommend this further!! ❤️❤️

  • Ruairi Mcgonagle
    2019-05-19 02:10

    So far it has been a good start. I have been introduced to the main character named Claudette who was secretly friends with a girl called Sarah. Sarah went missing and no one knew where she read. That is all I have read so far and we know that she was friends with another man who she would go to places with in his car. Maybe he knows where she has gone?

  • Georgia Spalding
    2019-04-22 07:04

    I really enjoyed this book! Soooo beautifully written, such a wonderful, real depiction of depression and such amazing messages that can be learnt by reading it! Engaging, enticing, a real page-turner. I would recommend this book to anyone!

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-27 06:53

    Insightful story of teen depression and the longing for a sense of place. Will appeal to fans of issue-driven realistic fiction but not really the high-octane who-dunnit the publisher would have you believe based on the blurb.

  • Anna
    2019-05-13 03:08

    I've not been able to put it down. I feel I can relate so much to how Claudette feels. amazing story about such taboo subjects.

  • Vanessa
    2019-04-30 05:04

    So disappointing :(

  • Alyx
    2019-05-15 06:10

    3.5 Don't do drugs, kids

  • Carenza
    2019-05-12 01:42

    I’ll be honest, this wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read. But I did enjoy flying through it and that it was a nice, fun and easy book to read. It was a bit predictable in places, but it was the type of book I sometimes love to fly through.

  • Amy
    2019-04-20 00:00

    I enjoyed the fact that though the main character had depression it was in no way romanticised or poetically explained to the reader or other characters. Claudette was broken and blunt and self-loathing but not in the typical YA ‘nobody understands me’ sense - it didn’t come up in every single scene or but of dialogue, only when another character brought it up either with concern or disdain. I genuinely felt angry on her behalf at certain points, she wanted people to understand but couldn’t bring herself to aid anyone in doing so, and overall found depression to be well represented in this book. The story dragged a little in places. I felt that the relationship between Jacob and Donna was an unnecessary plot point, them discussing their worry for Claudette behind her back would have been enough to spark their big argument without there actually being a relationship, especially as Jacob does not decide to stay in the end. I would sooner have seen something bloom between Claudette and Ross (whom I adore, favourite character by far) as that would have made more sense, towards the end at least. Sarah’s cause of death I also found to be a little anti climactic, though I couldn’t tell you what I would have preferred. I only thought that it wasn’t entirely fitting of Sarah’s character and I would rather never have found out and had the book give a resolve in another way (Claudette resolving her own issues, realising solving the death won’t solve herself etc.) For me, the highlight of this book has got to be the character development, especially when it comes to that of Mr. Fritz, his family and past. The side characters of this story, though clear in their distinction, were given the same well thought out treatment with regards to backstory and personality as the key characters. The fact that I can still remember the likability of Maxine the barmaid who appears in one scene out the whole book is a testament to that. Overall a very good book, glad to have picked it up on a whim.

  • Tracy Terry
    2019-05-19 06:09

    A book that, had I just read the synopsis and not known the name Matthew Crow, I might have thought twice about reading as, feeling too convoluted, it didn't exactly shout 'read me'. However, having loved the author's previous YA novel (In Bloom), his name spoke volumes.A wonderful small town setting. Some would say close-knits, others, claustrophobic. The unravelling of its community, its small-town secrets slowly but surely surfacing. All beautifully written and yes, the author seems to 'get' depression. But ...Perhaps too many 'lost' people who disappointingly weren't as connected as I had at first thought. Perhaps, flipping between the past and present, the story didn't always flow as well as it might. Or is it merely as simple as that whilst I was able to empathise with main characters, Claudette and her dad (who wouldn't?) they just didn't tug at my heartstrings in the way that the characters in In Bloom did? Either way, despite this being a novel I really, really wanted to like, I'm afraid it fell a tad short of the mark for me personally.Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper