The Mosaic by Nina Berkhout

The Mosaic

Twyla Jane Lee has one goal. To finish senior year so she can get out of her military hometown of Halo, Montana. But to graduate, she needs to complete forty hours of community service, and that means helping out a rude and reclusive former Marine named Gabriel Finch.A young veteran of the conflicts in the Middle East, Gabriel spends his days holed up in a decommissioned nuclear missile silo on his family farm. Twyla assumes he's just another doo...

Details The Mosaic

TitleThe Mosaic
Release DateSep 5th, 2017
PublisherGroundwood Books
GenreArt, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, War, Romance, Fiction, Military

Reviews The Mosaic

  • Anna
    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Halo, Montana is a dying town next to a military base. The future of the majority of the kids in this town involves oil fields, the slaughterhouse, or enlisting in the military. Twyla and her boyfriend plan to move to California to start a catering business. Twyla will be in charge of the logistics and photographing the food while Billy goes to college and does the cooking. ...
  • Jen
    This is a really powerful book about a girl who just wants to get out of her close-minded, dying military town in the middle of Montana. She and her boyfriend dream of going to California where she will get away from the military industrial complex and take easy pictures of the surf and people's weddings.But before then she has to complete community service with a terse Marine veteran who is more complicated than he seems. Will he burst Twyla's w...
  • Abigail Troppmann
    It was simply breath taking. An incredible contemporary piece that explored the depths of humanity through real characters. Slow to begin with, but once Gabriel's secret is revealed to Twyla, you cannot put it down. Genuinely an eye opener. Incredibly thought provoking, and an absolute must read if you don't mind your heart breaking and then rebuilding itself all over again.
  • Barbara
    Senior Twyla Lee has always considered her hometown of Halo, Montana, to be a dead end, and she and her boyfriend Billy Goodwin have plans to move to California for a better life. Billy's not a local, and he has his parents' financial backing and dreams of cooking his way to fame. Although Twyla enjoys taking photographs just like her grandfather, she has floated through school, barely passing and participating in few extracurricular activities. ...
  • Heather Pearson
    Twyla has her life planned, knows what she wants and the guy she is going to do it all with. until she meets Gabriel, and injured war veteran. Her community service stint is supposed to be a one of , no strings attached. At first she dislikes Gabriel, but over time she starts to meet the real man behind the solitary, don't need any help image he presents. This community service arrangement brings out the worst in her seemingly perfect boyfriend.T...
  • Laurie Varga
    I'd give the first half of "The Mosaic" 3 stars and the second half 5 stars.The writing is exceptional throughout and the author brings poetic resonance to a hard-luck rural town where the only thing propping it up is the military presence. I found the main character for the first 1/3 of the story was the fictional town it was set in, Halo, Montana. Unfortunately, Halo is a most depressing place with no redeeming qualities or characters that inha...
  • Bethany
    The Mosaic was moving and beautifully written, far more than I anticipated. The story follows Twyla, a young woman living in rural Montana who begins to fall for a former Marine who is surprisingly artistic, but is suffering from PTSD after serving two tours of duty in the Middle East. The book captures life in a small agricultural town in middle-America that is struggling economically and slowly fading. Reading the book I couldn't help but think...
  • Milky Mixer
    Nina Berkhout, this is the second time you have broken my heart! It was a pleasure getting to meet you at Word On The Street and to tell you how much I loved your earlier book, The Gallery of Lost Species. When I read the synopsis for The Mosaic, I thought, "Well this is unexpected." But just like Gallery, it took no time for me to get caught up in the characters and their sidelined world. Even now, I find myself sitting here thinking about Twyla...
  • Elaine Tucker
    A slow start to this book, but it does not take too long before you are totally into it and just keep turning the pages one after the other to see what happens next. For a class project the students are to pick a Community Service and must spend 40 hours doing it. Twyla Jane chooses spending time with a Vet, a former Marine named Gabriel Finch.Gabriel is a rude and a recluse person who spends hours and hours in a decommissioned nuclear missile si...
  • Liz
    Contemporary realistic YA fiction set in Halo, Montana. A high school senior girl, Twyla, signs up for volunteer work helping veteran, Gabriel. She needs to credit for graduation. He doesn't feel like he needs help, but his parents are away long term and want someone to check in on him. The area is home to warhead silos, and Gabriel has a personal art project creating a mural inside a silo honoring the people and culture of the area he served in ...