Wednesday, March 10, 2010

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead
**** 4 Star

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend Sal, can navigate themselves through their entire New York neighborhood. They know the places that are safe and who is nice, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy man on the corner, who yells at the sky and sleeps under a mailbox. But life begins to unravel when Sal gets punched on the street, for no reason.
After that, Sal shuts Miranda out of his life.
Then, the apartment key to Miranda's house is stolen, and she begins to get mysterious notes who's words have no meaning. As more of the notes keep coming, Miranda slowly realizes that whoever wrote these notes knows something that no one else on earth knows. As she tries to figure out the anonymous note leavers identity, she realizes someone very close to her is in danger, and that she is the only one who can stop the tragedy that is soon to happen. Until the last note makes her think she's to late.

This book was amazing! There was alot of depth, and some quirky romance in this random, yet emotional, award winning novel.
My favorite character was Colin, he is one of Miranda's best friends, he is quirky, goofy, and confident in himself. He is a very laid back person and handles any situation with ease.
The only reason I did not give it a five star, was because there was some dialogue in this book that made no sense. Some sentences just kept rambling, and rambling, going on and on about a conversation I did not even get! Also some of the conclusions for the end of the book, for example, why did Sal avoid Miranda, and shut her out of his life, when she did nothing wrong? that was a conclusion that made no sense. Besides that, When You Reach Me was a wonderful novel, and should definitely be on your list of Books To Read.



  1. Hi again. I love books too and I read a lot of everything, so you have me interested in some of the books you have read. I am going to check out When you Reach Me. I just read the Help and it was fantastic.

  2. Hi Olivia! It's Emma from my
    I started to read When You Reach Me, and ended up stopping because I was too scared, but that was 2 years ago. I hope to start reading it again soon. By the way, great review!