Thursday, December 10, 2009

Review: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Book: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Genre: MG Fantasy

Rating: A

For: Fun

I had to laugh when this book came on hold for me at the library, and I had no idea what it was. Usually, books that come to me after I've waited for them, I'm so anxious for and so excited to finally get a turn. But this one, I couldn't remember a thing about it, or why I put it on hold in the first place.

So I searched my Google Reader and discovered that yes, many of you blogged about it and RAVED about it, and so I must have instantly put it on hold... then promptly forgot all about it.

'Course then, I hung on to it forever until it was due, and then finally, I deemed it the "treadmill" book of the week, and then read it while walking and loved it! And all that raving from you bloggers? You were right of course!

It's about this girl, Miranda, who is telling a story to some unknown person about some things that happened to lead up to... what happened. First, her friend (that's a boy) got punched in the stomach by some neighborhood bully and then decided to stop talking to her. This prompts her to make a new couple of friends and they have some fun times. Meanwhile, there's more with the bully, and the homeless person that hangs out on their street, under the mailbox.

Then, she starts getting these very strange notes. Like... very strange. So she tries to figure out where they are coming from and who's responsible. The answer to that is pretty eye popping. And the end is a bit of a tear jerker.

I loved it. What a fun, little, simple, thought-provoking story. So glad that I put it on hold and read it, even though I forgot why at the time!

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  1. I've heard this is really, really good. I need to get my hands on it.

  2. I've done the "did I put this on hold?" thing. Most notably, Dreamhunter, which I guess I put on hold because Stephenie Meyer said it was great, but I returned without reading it. After I returned it, I remembered why I checked it out. Ah, well.

  3. I loved this book. Found it very profound. Saw lots of parallels with A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.

  4. Oh we've all been there, right?

    This one's on my list, but I haven't put it on hold yet...

  5. I also loved this book. And I am happy to see that other people have "treadmill" books. It actually makes me want to keep exercising when I am reading something great!

  6. I really did like this book. (Thanks for the link!) I'm glad you liked it too!

  7. I also put this book on hold, and when it finally arrived, I had completely forgotten what it was about. It was so worth reading though, I think I read the whole thing in one sitting! And I cried at the end too. I really hope this is Newbery winner.

  8. I keep hearing about this too. Guess it's time to read it! Thanks for the review. :)

  9. I enjoyed this book. I liked the cover too, but I know a few who hate it. Oh well. Thanks for the link.



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