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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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it was amazing

I love middle-grade books. The quality is usually as good as with adult books, yet they are so cute, fresh and easy-to-read. They also attack problems in life head on. They are rarely politically-correct. Kids don't beat around the bush and neither do the books for them.

The first quarter of When You Reach Me is about the life of a sixth grader Miranda. Here are examples of wonderful chapter headings:

Things you keep in a box

Things you hide

Things that sneak up on you

At times that first part is interesting, at times slow (as life can sometimes be :-), but always well written.

Then things heat up big time when the mystery kicks in. It's not hard to guess how the letters are sent, but by whom, why...? I guessed who the sender is after the second letter and who the sender was after the third, but wasn't sure. The book kept me on my toes. And I didn't get the why until much later.

The story then just gets better and better, and more personal. And the end is amazing. One of the best endings--easily 5+ stars. My eyes got teary when Miranda gave birthday presents to her mom and the mom's bf. And when she thought of the implications her letter would have on the mystery person.

A wonderful book.

And did I mention those chapter headings? Here are a few more:

Things you keep secret

Things that smell

Things you push away

Messy things

Things you left behind

Difficult things

I highly recommend this book to everyone. P.S. My son loved it, too.

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Reading Progress

July 20, 2016 – Started Reading
July 20, 2016 – Shelved
July 23, 2016 – Finished Reading

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