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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
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Feb 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: juvenile, own-currently, fiction, youngadult, 2012
Read on March 12, 2012

I loved the flavor of this book! I wonder why Stead chose to set it in 1978, but that feeling was realized. I had no idea what it was about when I began it, and was surprised to find out that it has to do with time travel (the main character, Miranda, makes many references to her favorite book, A Wrinkle in Time). I am rarely comfortable with time travel as a plot device, as it makes my brain feel funny, but I was okay with it here. A few obvious flaws have to exist in any time-travel book, and the ones for this include: (view spoiler). I also was never able to picture any of the characters very well and would have enjoyed more description. I did love the relationships in the book, especially between Julia and her sometimes-best friend (forgetting the name... something like Annabeth?) and Sal and Miranda, and Miranda, her mom and Richard. The daily life stuff was tender and made the mystery/sci-fi plot pretty much secondary.

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