When You Reach Me was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It was the kind of book you can't put down, you want to race through to find out the mystery, but at the same time you want to savor every word of this amazing author's prose. When I was 40 pages from finishing, I was already hoping the author was working on a sequel!
It's an understatement that this book deserves the Newberry Award! Rebecca Stead, you are a genius. After finishing the book I wanted to hug you, then chat with you over coffee all about this amazing story, and how you came up with it!
I truly never read a young adult novel that made me think so deeply, and that I related to so well (I mean since I was a young adult I guess!). Though I will say, Miranda- the narrator who is 12- is quite mature and smart for her age. She says things I've thought myself, or did closer to her age. All the characters in the story are so real and so relatable...
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story... with a little bit of sci-fi, coming of age, 70s nostalgia, school days crushes and cold shoulders, and true heart... This book had it all.