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The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty
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Jan 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: y-a-escapism
Read in January, 2010

A layered work that doesn't condescend to its tween/teen readers, this book reminded me of Special Topics in Calamity Physics for a slightly younger audience. Almost entirely plot-driven and following multiple, intersecting lives, it presents life - adult relationships, anyway - without any sugar coating. It isn't a book about fairy tale endings as much as it is a meditation on compromise, denial, security, and family.
Overall, the writing is sometimes morose, but even passages that are less than upbeat still carry the ring of authenticity. The emotions are true, even through over-the-top plot devices.
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