Title: When You Reach Me
Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2009
Page Count: 199
Age Recommendation: 10
Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.
But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:
I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.
The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late. ~ Goodreads
SFAFLJDFHSDHFEKH I FELT SO MANY EMOTIONS WHILE READING THIS BOOK IT WAS SO GOOD. If I didn’t have to leave the library it would be finished in one sitting. This book is so sweet and sad and happy and so many things all at once. Our main character is actually someone I can relate to. She lives in New York and at the beginning of the book she only had one friend. She didn’t want to make any more because wasn’t that one friend enough? Of course, she grows and grows up. She’s a much different person than she was at the beginning and she’s gotten past her differences and biases.
One amazing thing I liked was that there was the stereotypical ‘rich girl’. But instead of just being a walking cliche, she actually has some depth and isn’t shamed or hated for what she has at the end. After all, it’s not her fault. This book combined so many things. Friendship, romance, some science fiction and real life problems. Everything blended together so smoothly and the writing was phenomenal. I have a hard time believing that this story was under 200 pages.
This book left me satisfied but wanting to know more about what happened to the characters. What led up to everything? How did it happen? It also was surprisingly deep AND probably the coolest part of this book was the theories about time. I actually had thought about some of them before and to see them in this book was super cool XD
Pajamas are good for the soul.
She’s called the secretary, but as far as I can tell she basically runs the school.
Nice tights,” I snorted. Or I tried to snort, anyway. I’m not exactly sure how, though people in books are always doing it.