Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty Review

Title: A Corner of White
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Age Group: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Colors of Madeleine, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A sparkling, hilarious, whimsical fantasy that delivers more home truths than you'd expect--being yourself, the value of family, and friendship, A Corner of White captured my heart completely--I adored it!

Madeleine Tully is a normal girl, just like everyone else--a teenager trying to find her way, despite her parents painful separation, and the abrupt move to Cambridge, England. But her monotony is interrupted--she finds a note under a parking meter, and starts corresponding with Elliot Baranski--and discovers that there is a world not so different from her own, not necessarily seen so easily.

What I enjoyed:
-The hilarious prose that drew me in right away
-The letters exchanged between the characters, a trademark for Moriarty
-The very real and flawed character of the young Madeleine
-The way the book genre-bent, and very successfully
-Jack and Belle
-Elliot, and the amazing, magical world of Cello
-The people of Cello
-Madeleine's evolution throughout the novel
-The way everything moved so seamlessly together

What I didn't enjoy:
-At first the writing style confused me a little
-It didn't seem to make sense at first, the narrative going back and forth

Aside from its flaws, I loved A Corner of White, it was wonderful! Next on deck: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken!

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