Book: When You Reach Me
Author: Rebecca Stead
Like/Don't Like: Really liked.
There was something about this book that made me feel nostalgic. It's set in the last 70s, a time I vaguely remember, but that's not why. It sort of had a feel of an after-school special, or a Judy Blume novel. Maybe that's it. Warm feelings aside, it's a pretty great book.
Miranda is in the sixth grade and is tackling the usual 11 year old stuff like losing a best friend to outside forces, trying to make new friends, a mom who is trying to figure how to raise an independent kid in a dangerous world. Pretty familiar story. Except for a twist: Miranda is receiving letters that appear to be from someone in the future. I would hardly call this a sci-fi book. The letters are vague and not often referred to, the story mostly focuses on the daily problems Miranda is dealing with. But they gave the story a bit of a mysterious edge that was unexpected and appealing.