When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

How did I get the book?
Magic Box Book 

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis: By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighbourhood. 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 favours. 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.

230 word review: When You Reach Me is such a wonderful story, I completely understand why so many people recommended it to me. The books is told by Miranda, she has a lovely narrating voice. I was pretty much lost from the beginning of the book; Rebecca Stead has built an intricate mystery into a rather ordinary world.

The story starts with Miranda’s mother receiving confirmation to take part in a game show. The last “proof” from the mysterious person who has been leaving Miranda notes. From there Miranda tells us how she and her mother got to this point, while continuing on what is presently happening in the story.

When You Reach Me is a relatively short book but there are many things to keep you reading. Miranda’s family is flawed but they love each other and I thought that the training for her mother’s entry to the game show was really sweet. I particularly loved the ending in regards to this, which was both reassuring and nice.

When You Reach Me has this extraordinary event taking place in a very everyday situation. It’s such a different approach but it really works. There are clues throughout the book, so if you set your mind to it you can figure out who the note person is. Personally I just loved reading When You Reach Me and watching Miranda figure it out for herself.

Recommend it?


One thought on “When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

  1. I read this recently on a recommendation; I’d never heard of it before. It was unexpectedly good! And I love how time travel is just a thing, no big deal. 😉

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