THE SPACE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by the author of EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS hit me right where I expected to. Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for priding the arc of this poignant and powerful book.
Cassie’s life does a complete 360 when her mother is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers. She loses touch with friends or focus on art. When the caregiver is not present, Cassie helps her dad take care of her mom by catering to her whims of watching dolphins shows and eating Ritz crackers all while making sure she doesn’t run off and get lost. Or worse. These fears drive Cassie to try to reconnect with her mother by taking a trip to swim with dolphins, which has been her dream and one of the entries on her bucket list. But Cassie soon realizes that her mother will not get better and the road to acceptance is a hard one.
Although I have never been in the position of losing a loved one to such a disease, I could empathize with Cassie. It’s a lot for a twelve-year-old girl to go through and the topic is a heavy one. But heavy topic or not, this novel is important. There are families out there dealing with situations like the one in this book and it would be great to have something for kid’s Cassie’s age to turn to and feel like they’re not so alone.
I won’t sugarcoat it. This is a sad book. I knew it going in because I’d first been introduced to Sandy’s work with EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS. I do remember writing in my review that I could not wait to see what else she had in store for her readers and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. She crafted a heart-string tugging, sad and hopeful book, and I am honored to be able to review another one of her books before their release date.
Thank you, Netgalley for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date
The cover is what drew me to this book, the very first chapter completely sold me. This was everything I wanted!
FAITH starts out with 17 yo Faith Herbery being recruited into what she thinks is a school for superheroes. But when things go awry, she escapes the facility and attempts to go back to her old life, her two best friends and volunteering at an animal shelter. Although Faith has the special ability to actually FLY, she’s totally down to earth about it. She lives with her grandma and obsesses over a tv drama called THE GROVE. When the show suddenly relocates to her town, she meets its star, Dakota Ashe, and plummets into a life of camera flashes and brings life to her fantasy. But the possible romance with a celebrity almost overshadows the real-world issues that threaten her existence. Can she hide her powers from her friends and save her town?
Never have I ever read a plus-sized queer superhero book. Ever. But this isn’t just a superhero book. This isn’t even about Faith’s body type or her sexual orientation. In fact, I feel like that was all more of a side note to the real-world issues Faith encounters. She has a case of survivors guilt after her parents died in a car crash and she survived. Her grandmother is showing signs of dementia and all that on top of missing classmates and pets.
I could not put this book down. My husband literally had to pry it from my hands the other night. I showed him dominance by baring my fangs, but alas, I had to sleep at some point.
Julie Murphy brings heart into this story by showing us that life goes on, even though we can fly. Preorder now. Don’t sit on this one, folks.