Thank You to HarperCollins for the advanced copy of the book in exchange for my review.
Summary: Marin wanders into the woods one day and spots some teenagers in the house there. Just as quick as they were there they vanish and she’s left wondering where they went. That’s when Marin meets Charley and finds that he can see these teenagers too. Why are they the only ones who can see them? What is the story of these teenagers?
Thoughts: I love all young adult books and because middle grade does fall under that category I decided to read this one. It did not disappoint me at all, I found myself laughing, crying, and emotionally moved by the characters and story in this book.
The relationship that Marin has with her parents is nicely contrasted with the relationship that Charley has with his own family. I like how his relationship with his family reminds Marin of how she feels about her friends and how Charley says something along the lines of Marin not knowing what its like to care about people regardless of all the bad things they’ve done. That sentence wraps up Charley’s feelings about his life really well and it was a moment I had to pause at.
I really enjoyed the twists that happened throughout the book and the lesson that was ultimately learned at the end because of these twists. I think it was a great lesson for Marin and Charley as well as for you as the reader to learn. It’s a great thing for middle graders to learn but it’s also something adults can benefit from as well.
I recommend this to those of you with children who are middle aged readers as well as those of you who enjoy YA books about family, friendship, and the past/future.
You can purchase this at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.