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When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead 3.5 Stars

The story was good and immediately after reading it, I would have given it four stars simply because I was impressed by its succinct and oftentimes disarming voice, particularly because the book is written for children. Upon further consideration, the book is good, but it wasn’t as good as I had hoped for having chosen this book because it won awards.

I had no idea what the book was about going into it, so I was surprised by where it ended and in general, I appreciated the level of interest the book maintained for me throughout. I wish there may have been more to the conclusion, explaining the significance of certain characters and events, but I guess at least the primary plot point is resolved.

Some lines in the book bear the innocence of children’s honest word vomit that conveys more about real life (or adult life) than they know.

In general, I can see how this book might strongly appeal to some people. For me, it was just alright, but still, it was a good, short book.