Published: Balzer + Bray (September 13, 2011)
Source: ARC from publisher for honest review
GoodReads Summary: Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate: confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena’s anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself. Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste’s brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. Frost is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological . . . well, which answer would let you sleep at night?
My Thoughts: Having just finished Frost mere moments ago, I find myself stricken with a flurry of exclamations within my head. Namely "WHUUUUAAAAHHHH?!?" My brain cannot fully encompass what I just experienced, so I'm going to start this review by telling you what exactly I DO know.
Marianna Baer could write a book about how styrofoam is made and I would be panic-stricken and unable to turn the pages quickly enough, trying to race to the end to find out what happens. GIRLFRIEND CAN WRITE A FRIGGIN BOOK. As if I wasn't enamored by the cover and the synopsis, I was immediately drawn into Leena's world and wanted to know everything she knew. The characters, the plot, THE HOUSE. Everything was perfectly insane. I refused to read this in the dark. Because there'd be no possible way that I could sleep if I did.
Speaking of what Leena knows,the answer is: NOTHING. Therefore, we know nothing right along with her. For me, this is a majorly appealing aspect of Frost, and it's what kept my heart pounding and my eyes darting. This is NOT an action packed book, but Baer causes you to focus more on the little things and rely on our very questionable narrator for information. And the fact that Leena is so messed up is both a blessing and curse. For example, the slow-building romance between Leena and her eccentric roommate's brother, David, gave me butterflies and warm fuzzies in the beginning. But as time went on and the strange happenings kept... happening, Leena's (and consequently my own) views on her relationships/decisions/EVERYTHING and her mind became distorted and deranged. AGAIN, part of the book's charm.
Marianna Baer has penned one of the best written books of 2011, in my opinion. But I can see it being a polarizing one. While I loved every single aspect of this story, I must warn you: along the lines of Inception, the ending is left open for interpretation. These types of conclusions (PSHHH, or lack thereof!) make my brain combust with joy and frustration. As masochistic as it is, I love the unknown. Frost largely relies on the unknown as the major antagonist of the plot, which was impeccably, BRILLIANTLY executed.
If psychological thrillers, ghost stories, and a love of torturing yourself with the "what if?" are your thing, you will love the shizz out of this book.