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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
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May 14, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

The Age Of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker

My summary...

Julia lives in Southern California...she can literally walk to the beach.  One day there is a slight change in the Earth that leads to longer fact every day there is a new change in the amount of daylight and the amount of night.  Adjustments are made in everyone's lives as these changes take their toll on life as we know it.

My thoughts...

Told by Julia...a shy young innocent teen...we learn what happens when the Earth's gravity goes wonky.  From the beginnings of disbelief...and thoughts that this can be some people living on clock time and others trying to live on the Earth's new time.
Things change on a daily basis...birds and trees and insects...every single facet of life is altered.  People move away.  People change. People become ill.  People hoard.  People die.  Much of the story is sad and feels very real.  Julia loses her bestie and becomes one of the loners...eats her lunch alone...hides in the sort of lost.  She doesn't feel like the other girls and has no one to talk to.  Her mother is freaked out by what's happening.  Her parents have issues.  She likes a boy who doesn't seem to like her back.  Her grandfather changes.  Nothing really gets better but the story is so beautifully vividly written that you realize you need to hear the sad stuff to get what this could be like.  I loved the book but it totally scared me.  It felt very real.

What I loved and what you might love to...

I loved Julia...I wanted to be the teacher that she could talk to...I wanted to tell her that she wasn't an outcast...I wanted to take her out for ice cream when no one at school knew it was her birthday.  I wanted to tell her not to worry.

What I did not love...

There were lots of deaths...birds, eucalyptus trees, lawns, friendships, hope.
Lots of ordinary things disappeared...bananas, pineapples, oranges, carrots, meat.

Favorite line in the entire book...

This was said  by Julia when she was swarmed by ladybugs.

Even abundance...turns creepy.

I loved this book...I am still feeling its effect.
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