Review: When You Reach Me

5 stars

When You Reach Me

Arguably my favorite book of 2017. This is a weird little sf story that starts off not feeling like science fiction so much as contemporary or mystery. The main character is having friend troubles, making new friends, adjusting to her mom having a serious boyfriend and preparing for a game show, etc. Meanwhile, she’s getting weird messages from someone. The chapters are short and the titles funny. And then the sf lands, and holy cow. It’s surprising and perfect and sad and I don’t want to spoil anything. It’s a great story about how confusing growing up can be, about friendship and regret and how assumptions can be wrong. No wonder so many agents have this on their favorites list.

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