The Girl in a Picture Frame
A young adult novel by Amy Pine
Anna Michaels frolicked in the Garden of Eden, saw her first Rembrandt painting in 1632 and gallivanted around Europe in the 1800s. Or so she’s being told by the underground college organization that’s desperately trying to recruit her as a member. Of course Anna’s not buying it.
Anna is just a typical teen adjusting to college life and facing a slew of normal problems. The Order of Ingham and Eragame, an exclusive group with some pretty unconventional ideas about reincarnation, could not possibly win her over. But when Lucas, the guy she’s had a hopeless crush on since the first day of college, turns out to be one of the group’s newest members, Anna decides to join. She also learns that there are perks that come with membership, like gourmet meals and free trips to Europe. Suddenly compromising her morals doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.
The Girl in a Picture Frame is a thought-provoking young adult novel for older teens that puts the reader smack in the middle of Anna’s mind as she faces some pretty hefty decisions. Will joining the secret society help her get closer to Lucas, who is barely giving her the time of day? Will keeping the group’s secrets alienate her from her new friends? Could she possibly fall under the spell of the group’s leader, who happens to be her esteemed and kind of creepy art history professor? And most importantly, is there any truth to the information being pounded into her head, or is Anna just being seduced by a glorified cult?