The first word that comes to mind while reading “The Storyteller”, is bizarre. “The Storyteller” by Aaron Starmer is a book about Kerrigan Cleary, and her adventure through life with her family.
Kerrigan Cleary’s little brother, Alister, has committed a crime. He shot Kyle Dwyer on accident, and is making up “lies” of what happened to him, after surviving the incident and then disappearing. Everyone around Alister, his therapist, his friends, his mom and dad don’t believe everything he is telling them about the shooting. Everyone thinks he has gone insane but not Kerrigan. She doesn’t want to believe it, but she has been sucked into believing him.
Kerrigan really wants to help find where Charlie Dwyer and Fiona Loomis went. She wants to be involved in everything that is happening, but she was told to just be a sister. Throughout the book, Kerrigan struggles with not being apart of everything. With her closest friends, she goes behind her parents’ backs and finds out more information about what has been happening.
“The Storyteller” is written all from Kerrigan’s point of view. The book is her diary. As each day passes, she would write an entry and tell the reader about her day. At the same time, the book follows the plot line of Alister’s shooting. This was a very innovative way for Aaron Starmer to tell this story.
This book, is very odd.Throughout the book, there would be a random story inserted. It would throw you off the plot, and then the next chapter would get back to the story. I would rate this book for Middle School age and up because there is some cursing involved.