Review: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Title: When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead

Pages: 210 Pages

Publisher: Anderson Press

The Blurb

Miranda’s life is starting to unravel. Her best friend, Sal, gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The key that Miranda’s mum keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives:
‘I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter.’

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realises that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.


The Review

When you reach me is a story of wrong first impressions, friendship and time travel. It is a sweet story that was recommended to me by one of the students that I work with and I am awfully glad that she did.

It is the story of Miranda and how she is given clues to her future but she doesn’t know what to do with those clues. When You Reach Me follows her journey of trying to work out the pieces of the puzzle. At the same time, she is dealing with a mother who is practising for a TV show where they could win a life changing sum of money and a friend who has an illness but is not sharing the information with Miranda.

It sounds a bit complicated but it is actually very intriguing and a wonderful read.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is available now.

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