My Thoughts after Reading
This book has a great opening chapter. You can’t help but root for the main character straightaway. I liked the unexpected way she found her group of friends.
Central to this story is saving the local library. What I find refreshing about this book is the music theme. The author has created inclusive characters. We have a young carer and a refugee. There are also fostered, abused and neglected children. They are all searching for themselves and learning to come to terms with their own lives. I also like how the author has shown that the retired folks are not to be forgotten. For these reasons I give it 4*.
There was one imperfection. The characters are thirteen years old. There are some who believe children read up, ie they read about other kids a couple of years older than themselves. This story suggests romance and first kisses for thirteen-year-olds is a norm. For readers at this impressionable age, this is not something I want to encourage. Whilst I am ok with characters coming to terms about their own sexuality in middle-grade books, I prefer to read about first loves and kisses when the characters are well into their mid-teens, in YA books.
In summary, this is easy to read, with compelling characters and storyline. The ending is sweet. Overall I rate it 3.5/5.
Ever since Lexie’s mum vanished, her world hasn’t stopped spinning. A new home, a new school – even a new family but Lexie never gives up hope that her mum will come back and writes her letters every day to tell her all about her new life.
There’s plenty to tell – the new group of misfits she calls friends, the talent for music she never knew she had and the gorgeous boy with blue eyes and secrets to hide. But her letters remain unanswered and she’s starting to feel more alone than ever.
Lexie’s about to learn that sometimes you need to get lost in order to be found.
The first in a gorgeous new series from the bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls and the perfect next step for fans of Jacqueline Wilson.