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Friday, May 24, 2013

REVIEW: I'm Nobody by Alex Marestaing

Title: I'm Nobody
Series: none
Author:Alex Marestaing
Publisher: self-published by author
Published Date: Feb 1, 2013
ASIN: B00BA26RKY
Buy it Link: Amazon

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: Caleb Reed is losing his mind, at least that’s what his father thinks.
If it were only the show - America's Funniest Home Videos - the same taped episode he's watched every night for the last six years - then perhaps his parental unit wouldn’t worry so much. But there’s far more to the thirteen year-old’s manic daily regimen that makes even Caleb himself question his mental health. 
For starters, there's his obsessive worry about the abandoned mansion across the street, and then there's that curious note someone left on his doorstep. It's neatly folded, black ribbon wrapped, and signed by a stranger named Emily Dickinson.
"I'm nobody. Who are you?" it reads. "Are you nobody too?"
In time, more of these strange, poetic messages arrive, silently beckoning the agoraphobic seventh grader to venture further and further from the safety of his home in order to retrieve them. Are the notes from Iris, the YouTube obsessed eighth grader who has begun filming an indie film on his street? Has his deceased older sister returned from the grave to deliver some sort of message? Or are the pages actually from the pen of Emily Dickinson, the reclusive and long dead 19th century poet? 
With his sanity in question, Caleb Reed's entire existence depends on finding an answer.

Review: I'd like to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
Wow...what a book. The first chapter I was pulled in....OCD in a child, oh and then there's the mystery behind the sister's death. And how the family unit not only is so dysfunctional, but helps feed this poor kid's psychosis. How is this all going to play out?
I couldn't help but root for poor Caleb as he ventured out further. Towards the end of the book though, the twists and turns were heart-breaking, andjust when you think the book's all wrapped up, another twist turns you 180 around and provides some sort of hope.
This was such an amazing read for a middle grade book!

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