Saturday, August 18, 2012

Book Review: Light From A Distant Star by Mary McGarry Morris

Light From A Distant Star by Mary McGarry Morris
Paperback, 336 pages
Published: July 2012, Broadway

I had grown a little tired of all the werewolves, vampires and fairies in YA books as of late. It seemed to be all that I ever would hear about. I had found it hard to find good fiction that dealt with real people and real problems. I was really excited to get this book sent to me. Nothing supernatural in this one, but still filled with tragedy, mystery, a strong young female protagonist and real teenage issues.
Thirteen year old Nellie Peck, is young and dealing with family issues as well as getting to know some new troublesome people that have entered her life. A murder occurs and everyone is quick to blame the new guy with the past, but Nellie, who has been keeping her eyes and ears on everyone, knows who the real killer is. Afraid that no one will believe her, she has to decide whether or not to share what she saw or keep it to herself and let an innocent man go to jail.

I really enjoyed this book. It is set in a small town in Massachusetts present time, but it felt of another time, a more innocent time.  Nellie is a cross between Scout of To Kill A Mockingbird and Briony of Atonement. She is a strong, brave and intelligent girl but also has a hard time staying out of other peoples business. She eaves-drops and spies on everyone, and reads her sister's mail and diary which all eventually get her into trouble. She is hard not to like and cheer on, though. 

Great story, great characters- great book! Go get yourself a copy and renew your faith in YA. 

Source: Publisher for review

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