Author: Ally Condie
Genre \ Themes: Realistic Fiction
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Cover Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 272
Synopsis: Sometimes it takes a new friend to bring you home. It’s the first real summer since the accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theater festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.
I have yet to read an Ally Condie book that I don’t love. (Granted, I’ve read, like, two, but still). I just finished Matched (#1) so when I saw this I decided to give it a try.
This is in the Juvenile Fiction section, so expect that if you’re used to YA books.
I found our Protagonist – Cedar – to be very relatable. At first, she kept talking about the death of her brother and dad, and it was almost annoying. Then I realized – that’s incredible realistic. If someone close to you dies, you start to see them everywhere, and they take up your thoughts. That’s what you see with Cedar and her family.
There is also mention of Shakespeare in here, which is something I’ve really started studying this year, so I felt pretty awesome when I got the references. Plus – it was easy to understand, even if you don’t know that much about it.
I started and finished this book in the same day, and the chapters are short and easy to get through. It’s a very light and enjoyable read.
Overall, I really loved this book, and I wish I had read this when I was younger. I would have enjoyed it even more then. Sequel please!