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message 1: by Jordin (new)

Jordin Williams Thank you! I was so confused when they were talking about the whole time-traveling deal. I didn't read any reviews before hand, so I honestly had no idea that it was going to be about time travel, if I would have known, I don't think I would have even attempted to read the book.

message 2: by Tensy (new)

Tensy I just finished the audio of this book and frankly I fast forwarded through the 3rd CD because I was so bored. Like you I figured out the puzzle early on and didn't engage with any of the characters except maybe Julia. A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite books when I was young and led to a lifelong love of science fiction. I picked this book because of the glowing reviews, but I kept wondering when the pace was going to pick up.

The Winter Rose Good question! I don't know why it's getting so much praise either. I kept reading and expecting to be wowed and was so underhwealmed by the book I was certain I had missed something, so I am glad I am not the only one who feels this way.

message 4: by Jill (new)

Jill I figured it out pretty early too - but still loved the book. I thought the complexity level was just right for the age group intended - middle-schoolers. I have been a L'Engle fan since I was in grade school. Makes me want to read her books all over again.

message 5: by Eeboo (new)

Eeboo This book is really good!

message 6: by Helen (new)

Helen I'm with you on this one. Before I'd finished the first couple of chapters, I knew exactly how the whole entire book would play out. I not only had the mystery solved, but I guessed the nature of the mystery before it even came into the book properly. Good heavens, the fact that the main character obsesses over A Wrinkle in Time (though 'tis one of my favorite books ever) is a dead give-away. I did't find the characters particularly well-crafted either; they were well-begun, but the author never puts flesh on the pretty skeletons she's built. Even for middle-school children it's weakly crafted, never going far beyond two-dimensional, and certainly never achieving the fifth dimension (a tesseract.)

message 7: by Adam (new)

Adam I think you missed the point of the book. I understand that it's easy to think that this is a mystery book, just waiting to be solved, and I understand that a lot of people might go into reading this with that mindset, and will ultimately be disappointed.

I went into this book not knowing what to expect at all, and what I found surprised me. I did not find a mystery, nor did I find a story of time travel, but a story about a little girl and how the parallels of her favorite book helped to outline her understanding of empathy over sympathy, and about how important even the smallest thing could be.

In my opinion, this wasn't a book about "figuring out what happened," because I too predicted the ending early on. For me, it was about bearing witness to a young adult growing into a caring individual who, rather than wondering about every little thing, begins to answer her own questions.

It's a quiet, little book, and the story may just be a tiny pocket, but it's filled with beauty.

That's why I liked it. Just my two cents...

message 8: by Kristi (new)

Kristi Thank you, Adam.

message 9: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Wolf Adam, what a beautiful description of this little gem of a book.

message 10: by Alice (new)

Alice Adam,thanks. Great review.

message 11: by Kari (new)

Kari Gunderson Perfect defense. I went in w/zero expectations as well, and was gripped. Amazes me the punch that middle grade literature can pack into so few pages.

message 12: by Kari (new)

Kari Gunderson Perfect defense. I went in w/zero expectations as well, and was gripped. Amazes me the punch that middle grade literature can pack into so few pages.

message 13: by AMajesticPlant (new)

AMajesticPlant I loved the book

message 14: by Ruth (new)

Ruth E. R. Adam, your review is so right. I saw it as a story about a girl who grows in compassion, taking quiet steps from childhood to adulthood. I didn't think of it as a successful book for juveniles, but this had nothing to do with expecting a middle grades book to be an adult thriller.

message 15: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy If you thought the merits of this book rested on the puzzle's difficulty, then you really missed out. But that's okay, we all read books for different reasons.

message 16: by Saanvi (new)

Saanvi I agree with Adam. I think that you are missing the main point here- the maze may have been a symbol of a bigger theme, but all you are concerned about is knowing what happens. I don't mean to be rude at all, but I think that is the wrong reason to pick on the book.

message 17: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Mostly I'm amazed how people still comment on my review, because I don't really take the time to comment on others' reviews unless they are my friends. I'm not sure why so many people are upset that I didn't like the book--we all have different tastes, and I'm sure you like books that I don't care for at all. Sometimes I want to take this review down, but i'm leaving it up, because it's how I felt at the time.

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