Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Report - When You Reach Me

Title: When You Reach Me
Authour: Rebecca Stead
Length: 197 pages
How long it took me to read: One day

What it's about:
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, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street 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 a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. 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.

The ending is the most important part: What a good ending! It was just what I thought was going to happen, but still not predictable.

Last word: I could not put this book down because it was enjoyable, easy to read, and just interesting enough to keep me going from chapter to chapter. It would be good if you were familiar with A Wrinkle In Time before you read this one. Totally recommend this for an easy, fast, read.

Spoilers after the jump:

The characters were great. Rebecca Stead accurately portrayed middle school girl politics, but in a positive, upbeat way which I loved. The queen bee was not your typical mean girl, and I really liked that. I loved the dynamic between the friends and how everything worked out in the end.

When I read the recommendation for this book, they suggested one be familiar with A Wrinkle in Time  before reading When You Reach Me, and even though I didn't like A Wrinkle in Time as much as this book, I'm glad I read A Wrinkle in Time, although it's not necessary in order to understand the story. I just think you would understand the story so much more if you were familiar with A Wrinkle in Time.

I'm glad I read this book. I closed this book with a smile on my face.

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