Get ready to meet Miranda, Sal, Annemarie, and the rest of the characters from the highly acclaimed book, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. If you're asking yourself, "What makes you think I want to meet them?" I totally see where you're coming from. When Sonja, STACKS Staffer first gave me the book, I was a little hesitant thinking to myself, "This sounds a little too sci-fi and weird for me," but I was completely wrong.
The book starts with a great quote by famed physicist, Albert Einstein, which immediately gained my attention and I knew this book was going make me think. The story begins with Miranda, the narrator, describing her mom's acceptance to The $20,000 Pyramid (one of the best game shows ever). However, as Miranda is talking, you realize that is not speaking to us, the readers, but she is speaking to someone else! From there on I had to find out who that person was that she was telling the story to.
Other than the mystery surrounding the person Miranda is writing to, I enjoyed reading about New York in the 1970's and how utterly different it would be to go to school in a big city. From being able to leave school for lunch to walking home along Broadway, the experiences and events that Miranda and her friends encounter are both so very different from my elementary school experience, and yet there were also a surprising amount social similarities.
I give this book 4.1 out of 5 stars.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
—Carly M., STACKS Staffer