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WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead

Reviewed by Ellie

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a very refreshing book about a 12-year-old girl named Miranda. She lives on the Upper West Side of New York City in 1979. Her best friend is Sal. They have been best friends since they were little children. One day everything changes. A kid on the street punches Sal. From that point on, the dynamic of their relationship changes. Sal seems embarrassed and won’t talk or do anything with Miranda. Miranda feels sad and confused about the whole situation. One day, Miranda gets a mysterious note from someone that seems to predict the future. At this part of the book some Science Fiction comes into the picture. Miranda is trying to figure out all of the confusing events that are happening in her life. It kept me turning the pages.

Everyone can relate to Miranda. This book is written in her point of view. Miranda lives day by day and has interesting descriptions of her life. When You Reach Me is almost like a journal. When I put the book down, I had questions swirling around in my head. It always left me curious about something. The book is fiction, but it really feels as if you are part of Miranda’s life.

I recommend it for ages 9 and up. It has very sad parts that might make a younger child upset. It made me think of all the people I love. I can connect with Miranda on some points; we have the same worries and thoughts. This book is good for people who like a great day in the life of a preteen. This book is not for everyone because it interests a specific group of people. I personally loved this book and would recommend it to any one I know.


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