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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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Oct 02, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya, fiction, audiobooks, scifi-speculative

A little gem of a book - a unique storyline that is wonderfully crafted and executed. Miranda's character is this encapsulation of what it is to be 12 years old - going back and forth between this world of childhood and adulthood. I wouldn't really characterize this as a coming-of-age story though... more like a day-in-the-life with a twinge of mystery and sci-fi thrown into the mix. I really liked the setting in 1979... it was a lot like my childhood, so there was a nostalgic element there... Loved the little bits of fantasty woven throughout, as well as the musings and the references to late 1970s/early 1980s pop culture - the whole bit with the $20,000 Pyramid was pretty great!

Very enjoyable book ~ highly recommended.

NPR's Nancy Pearl just named this one as an "Under the Radar" book - You can read an excerpt here on NPR's website :)

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Reading Progress

October 2, 2009 – Shelved
October 2, 2009 – Shelved as: ya
October 2, 2009 – Shelved as: fiction
December 8, 2009 – Shelved as: audiobooks
Started Reading
December 9, 2009 –
page 70
35.18% "I love how the chapter titles relate to the game show. Great detail!"
December 9, 2009 – Finished Reading
February 21, 2016 – Shelved as: scifi-speculative

Comments (showing 1-3 of 3) (3 new)

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Lisa You are going to love it. This book gave me the goosebumps. Can't wait to hear what you think about it.

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thanks! i've been hearing a lot of buzz, but you've clinched it -- now i'm definitely going to read this!

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Kelly thanks for the recommendation- i just read about it on the NYT list of best YA books of the year. it's definitely on the list now!

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