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Alli’s #CBR4 Review #47 – When you Reach me by Rebecca Stead


I purchased this book off Amazon to read on my Kindle app and I have been reading it here and there when I had nothing better to do and I finally finished it on Sunday night when I was waiting for the Paul McCartney show to start (incredible show btw). I think I had this book mixed up with another with a similar title when I bought it but I can’t recall which book that I thought it was anyways.

I didn’t realize when I bought it (since I bought the wrong book ) but “When you Reach me” is actually a young adult novel but it was pleasant enough for a grown up like me to read as well. It follows a young woman named Miranda who lives in New York City. She finds a series of strange notes that seem to come from a time traveller.

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Sophia’s #CBR4 Review # 25: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

I vaguely remember first hearing about When You Reach Me (2009) by Rebecca Stead, I think from another Cannonball review. It’s probably not a book I would have found on my own, but it ended up on my kindle, so I read it. And it turned out to be a quick read: a well-written novel with a mix of growing pains, friendships, mystery, and science fiction.

Miranda is a sixth grader in New York City. She is smart and insightful and lives with her single mom in a rather rundown apartment building. Miranda’s favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time, which she reads over and over again.Her mother was almost finished with her first year of law school when Miranda was born–derailing that dream before it began. When Miranda begins receiving mysterious notes that predict the future, the mystery of the novel is hatched.

I enjoyed reading this one–it took less than a day, but it wasn’t the science-fiction and mystery that I remember at the end. The description of Miranda’s thoughts and perspective was what impressed me most. Stead brought such realism to the angsty life of a pre-teen. Miranda’s struggles of avoiding the homeless guy and boys on the street on her walk home, her concern of what her friends would think of her apartment, her first crush, and her realization of how she had the power to make others’ lives better or worse were all very relatable and felt very true. The mystery kept the story moving, but almost felt out of place in this very normal, sixth-graders life. I guess I’ve just rarely seen such great characterization in a science-fiction novel.

And now I feel like I should re-read A Wrinkle in Time. I know I read it in elementary school, but besides thinking it was kind of confusing at the time, I can’t remember anything about it.

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