Genre: Children/Middle Grade/Fantasy/Coming-of-Age
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Story Perspective: Third-Person
Themes: Identity, Family, Forgiveness, Friendship
This book was given for free, courtesy by NetGalley,
North Star Editions, and Jolly Fish Press.
Between the glimmers she sees and her mom giving her snippets of their past life together, Gracie Freeman has always known she was different from the rest of her peers. However, this twelve-year-old has the feeling that perhaps her mother hasn’t been telling her the whole truth.
Curiosity takes over and Gracie goes to see the author of her story, Gertrude Winters. This single action, though, starts a series of consequences that not only shows Gracie a side of her she may not want to know, but also puts the lives of her loved ones at risk.
What a cute story! I really felt like I got to know Gracie the most, both her past life and her current life. Some of the secondary characters were not as developed, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the novel.
When looking at the plot, I found the revealing of Gracie’s situation and why her mom’s hidden something from her was done cleverly. The only gripe I had was the book’s beginning. I found it to be slower paced than I would have liked. However, once Gracie began to put the pieces of her old life together, my interest rose and I just wanted to keep reading. The author did leave the ending a bit ambiguous and it is unclear if Gracie’s story will continue or perhaps it’s up to the reader to write their own ending.
The theme of identity was a big one here. Gracie was constantly trying to figure who she really was and who the character that Gertrude had written about. Then, there was Walter, her friend, who’s life was turned upside when he learned that he was originally a storybook character. In regards to this theme, one of my favorite aspects here was how Gracie couldn’t tell what was real and what wasn’t. The author realistically portrayed Gracie’s confusion and her path to learning her true identity.
Overall, even with its slow beginning, I found this to be a creative and exciting tale and would look for more books by this author.
Children, and those young at heart, would enjoy this tale of a young girl learning her true self.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
52 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!