Book Review: When You Reach Me

Alyssa Mack, Business Manager

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is an amazing book about a girl who gets mysterious notes from an anonymous person that will save her friend’s life. The book was published by Penguin Random House LLCand won the John Newbery award.

When You Reach Me takes place in the late 1970s. The book starts out with the narrator, Miranda, telling us about a postcard for her mother that says the date that she will go on a game show. She also says that it was just like the mysterious “you” said. Miranda goes on thinking about the letter that “you” asked her to write, but she also says that it is an unpleasant thought and doesn’t really want to write the letter.

The book continues with some backstory and what was happening. She then refers to “you” again and says that in this letter that “you” asked she will be right about where the key to her house is.

You may be wondering who this “you” is and why the book is addressed to them. Miranda writes the books to “you” to tell what happened, which is still a mystery at this point. She also doesn’t get to know who the person is, what really happened, and why she has to write a letter until the end of the books. So, unfortunately, you will just have to read the book for yourself.

Jillian Litton, a 7th grade STEAM student, has read the book and loves it, “It is a really good book, but be prepared for an emotional roller coaster near the end.” I agree with Jillian’s comment and if you want to know how and what kind of emotions you will just have to read the book.

When You Reach Me is an amazing book that has some mystery and can make you smile and cry, and sometimes it can make you confused. It is a great book to read and I know you will love it.