Saturday, May 30, 2015

Books Read in 2015: "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead

The book club that I've been participating in chose this as lighter fare for a summer read. Not something I would have known about otherwise (it's a YA novel), but I wound up enjoying it quite a bit. It's a period piece, set in 1978-1979, but not especially twee about it. I can't help but wonder if setting it at that time makes it close enough that kids can relate--it's not a totally different and inconceivable world--but allowed the author to put characters face-to-face in order to talk things out, or at least have them do so over the phone, because there was no other way to do so. In a contemporary novel, she'd simply write out transcriptions of texts, Tweets, and Facebook messages.