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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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Dec 25, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya, speculative-fiction, child-protaganist, coming-of-age, ebook, books-on-books
Recommended to Becca by: Book Day 09
Recommended for: YA fans
Read on December 19, 2011

This was so perfectly comfortable. I read it in one sitting, when I was post-call from a shift at work and it was the perfect book for my semi-sleep deprived brain to read while curled up on the couch.

There are some books that are terrific because they're profound, or the writing is beautiful or the plot is breathtaking. This isn't one of those books. This book is terrific because it's essentially the platonic ideal of a young adult speculative fiction novel. The writing is approachable by the young reader, tight with nothing extra. The story is both fun and underlined by a coming of age theme. None of it is new, but Stead does it so perfectly and with her own witty twist that I didn't really mind. Her depiction of the transformation from mean middle schooler into young adult with insight into human imperfections could have easily veered into moralizing, but it was so on the nose with the depiction that one can't really complain.

Pure fun.

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