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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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Jun 27, 12

bookshelves: young-adult
Read from January 23 to 25, 2011

I liked this book, though I'm not sure I can jump on the bandwagon of rave reviews. The writing is well-done, and I love the language - it's quite poetic in places. The main character is an observant, thoughtful, intelligent young woman who is very likeable. The subject of the story - centered on the idea of time-travel - is pleasantly different from the popular YA literature that currently crowds bookstore and library shelves (zombies, vampires, etc). What I did not like about the novel is that it takes too long to get into the real meat of the story, coming very close to "boring" territory. Halfway through the book I was still waiting for the author to get me to the point. And then it all seems to end rather abruptly with little development of the other characters or their stories. I was left feeling vaguely dissatisfied when I finished reading the last page. I wanted more, and not in the way that a really great book leaves you wanting more. I just felt like something was missing.
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Daphne I felt like that too! I found that I thought there was going to be some really cool ending, but it just sounded like I was reading about a boring persons life. And the ending was awful. There was no conclusion! I mean, the main charecter and the guy never became friends again. wasn't that how the book started? Anyway, I agree with your review.


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