Ultraviolet by R.j. AndersonUltraviolet by R.j. Anderson


byR.j. Anderson

Paperback | January 1, 2013

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"Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her."

Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she's confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated-into nothing.

But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind-like her mother always feared she would.

For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood-until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison's case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her-and that she's capable of far more than anyone else would believe.

R. J. Anderson isn't trying to hide that she's female, she just thinks initials look more writerly. According to her mother she started reading at the age of two; all she knows is that she can't remember a single moment of her life when she wasn't obsessed with stories. She grew up reading C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, watching Doc...
Title:UltravioletFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:312 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:7.5 × 5 × 0.88 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:146770914X

ISBN - 13:9781467709149

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing R.J. Anderson takes us through a gritty portrayal of a young woman coming to terms with what power, family and friendship means. Her world is anything but simplistic, where truths are guessed and second guessed right till the end.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK OK read, nothing too memorable but the story was interesting enough to keep me going until the end.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! Honestly, what's not to love? It's set in Northern Ontario. The main character is awesome. AND she has synaesthesia (probably the best depiction I've ever seen in fiction).
Date published: 2016-11-06

Editorial Reviews

"Alison wakes up in a mental institution with no memory of the past two weeks. The bits of time she pieces together point to a violent episode that caused the death of her classmate Tori. As she slowly remembers what happened, Alison worries that she really is crazy because she can only remember Tori disintegrating into nothing. An undiagnosed synesthete, Alison has always seen numbers as colors, tasted lies, and seen colors no one else can. While Alison is in the hospital, Dr. Faraday, a neuropsychologist studying synesthesia, finally puts a name to and an explanation of how Alison's brain is wired. This is a unique insight into the life of someone with synesthesia, and the look at life inside a mental hospital is a natural grabber for teens. The story makes a dramatic shift in the final third of the book when the true origins of Faraday and what really happened to Tori are revealed. It is a genre-shifting turn that will leave some disappointed but will surely invigorate others." --Booklist