Friday, April 2, 2010

Review: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets four stars. It was fun with a nice flow. You could almost hear it at a Gilmore Girls speed. Although it is a children's book it was a good read with a nice story and doesn't talk down to the reader. It was slightly confusing at the beginning since it just threw you into the story without truly explaining anything. The ending was quite good and left you with a smile and a “damn, that was cool” feeling.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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