I went into reading THE ART OF ESCAPING not knowing anything about it. I've seen it on a few book related sites, but the cover didn't grab my attention to read the synopsis. Wow! I'm sorry I did that. I would've potentially missed a good read, because I'm hooked! I'm a big fan of stories told in epistolary form (letters, emails, text, that sort of thing) and the story starts off with an IM conversation! Love. The scene on the porch... lol! I can tell Mattie (err, Girl Scout) and I will get along. I'm smitten with her character already and anxious to learn more about mysterious Akiko Miyake, her daughter and the art of escapology.