|AUTHOR: Jen Brooks|
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLICATION DATE: April 28, 2015
GENRE: magical realism; romance
SETTING: present-day USA (Boston?)
GIVE IT TO: HS
REVIEW: I'm just going to say it right now...this book deserves attention. I won't be surprised to see it on 2015 Best-of booklists or even the Goodreads Choice Awards in December. In A World Just Right is well-written, suspenseful, emotional, and beautiful. Jonathan is a sympathetic character right from the start; he's a brilliant-but-scarred loner who experienced unimaginable tragedy at a very young age.
I don't want to say much about this book out of fear of giving away too much. While I thought it dragged a bit in the middle, there are some surprises throughout the story that I really enjoyed. I finished the book this morning while riding a city bus, and I had to try SO HARD not to cry at the end. For that reason and so many others, I am adding In a World Just Right to my own "Best of 2015" list. I am absolutely positive it will also appear on many others.
THE BOTTOM LINE: An impressive debut! Beautifully-written with sympathetic characters and a very unique premise. Despite a few slow spots in the middle, it's one of my favorites of 2015 so far.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: I am so getting this book! I talked about it with several of my library classes this week, and my students are excited to get this title for our library. And for a romance about 18-year old characters, it's relatively clean.
READALIKES: Every Day (Levithan); All Our Yesterdays (Terrill)
- Overall: 5/5
- Creativity: 5/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Engrossing: 4/5
- Writing: 5/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 4/5--a bit overlong; some slowness in the middle
- Language: very mild; a couple of hells
- Sexuality: mild; mainly kissing. Fake-Girlfriend Kylie sleeps in same bed with Jonathan, but nothing is described. A sensual massage, but again, it's pretty mild.
- Violence: none
- Drugs/Alcohol: mild; a couple of references to beer, wine, and whiskey
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