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Broken Mirror Girl

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Broken Mirror Girl, a different kind of ghost story. For any girl who knows what it's like to feel yourself slipping silently away.

"Starting high school is bad enough when you're me, but it's even worse when your dead grandmother comes to school with you."

So says Maggie Chase, lanky and quiet Vermonter, who has never had a best friend in her whole life other than her grand
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published 2008
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Mar 29, 2008 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: early teens, adults
Recommended to Megan by: James
Shelves: bookgroup
James was so brave to let us read his young adult novel for book group. We had a great discussion about his book on Tuesday night with 18 in attendance. One of the best parts was the essay he wrote to go with the book, "When Mormons Read Mormons: What Mormons Expect from Mormon Writers Without Really Knowing It."
I thought James gave wonderful voice to the teenage girl Maggie Chase. Maggie was a very likable character. The book was laugh out loud funny in spots, and agonizingly wrenching in other
OMG! Broken mirror girl made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me remember. Most importantly, it made me stop and think.

James has created a very (slightly scarily so) real character in Maggie. She embodied so much of what I remember about being that age, in all it's positivity, but also very much all the negativity. I drew some immensely strong connections between my own teen years and the emotional turmoil that Maggie went through.

The extremely relevant plot for today's youth was well construc
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Levina  C.
I added this book years ago upon recommendation by James McQuivey, and it has become the first book I've read on my new Kindle.

It's a quiet, mellow sort of story, with a dream-like atmosphere that fits the subject matter. Things seem strange at first, and a tad hard to believe, but when you learn that there was some schizophrenia in Maggie's family in the past, things suddenly start to make sense.

I, like the author, want to believe that this is actually a true story. Because what happens to Mag
No development of character, singularly unimpressive plot.
An easy, and dare I call it sweet, read.
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McQuivey is a media industry analyst who writes industry reports about the future of TV, book publishing, and other media experiences. His professional blog is available at

Though he makes his living as a business writer, he also finds time to write and comment on fiction. His hilarious reviews of the Twilight books have generated over a thousand votes on Goodrea
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