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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
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Jun 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobook
Read from June 04 to 10, 2012 , read count: 2

4.5 stars. A story full of wonder and impact. This is a remarkable book, and I found myself enveloped right from the start. The premise is imaginative, the developments perceptive, and the narrator heartbreakingly engaging. I can't help but wish the author had taken it a bit farther or deeper, but still I know this is one I will eagerly recommend.

Additional comment: I don't consider this to be inherently a YA book. Quite frankly, I am aggravated by the increasingly widespread belief that if a book features a teen character as narrator and/or protagonist, it belongs to YA. Please don't misread me. I'm NOT saying that teens couldn't read or enjoy this book; I have no doubt they will. However, the POV is a specific narrative choice that speaks to a broader theme. I won't win this argument (and I've had it in regards to many titles), but neither am I giving up.

re-read (audio): April 2013

audiobook note: Emily Rankin gives lovely voice to Julia's viewpoint. Her pains, her hopes, her confusion, and her joys are nearly palpable thanks to skillful narration.
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Renee I totally agree with your additional comments- sometimes I come across YA book that adults love - like Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt- but are very difficult to sell to teens

Layla Johnston I am glad to hear The Age of Miracles did not disappoint! I am excited to read it, based on the rave reviews.

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