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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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Dec 23, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, read-in-2010, young-adult, sci-fi-fantasy
Read from February 15 to 17, 2010

I have to admit, this is a pretty awesome book. I was hesitant to read this at first because I heard that it was sci-fi and I am just starting to slllloooowwwwly get into that genre so I wasn't sure I'd like it. But it's really not very sci-fi at all, except for the concept of time travel, which really isn't driving the plot, at least directly. I really loved the writing, though. The story unfolds beautifully and the author pretty much sucks you in right away. The storytelling is so engaging and I liked the short chapters as well as the chapter titles. I thought this book did such a nice job of mixing in realistic elements of what it's like to be 12 years old (all of the school scenes felt 100% real), mystery elements that leave the narrator trying to solve the problem of why her friend is suddenly ignoring her, and family issues (with the mom that's not really quite an adult and her very adult boyfriend who wants to get married). It was truly a well-rounded book and it just sort of left a tingle.

I have not read A Wrinkle in Time, which this honors and/or is modeled after somewhat but I plan to check that out in the near future. I can certainly see why this won the Newbery because it's one of those feel-good YA books that will be a hit with teachers and librarians but I think there's also a lot of potential for this one when it comes to kids.
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