Williams, Carol Lynch Messenger, 279 pgs. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016. $17.99. Language G; Mature Content PG; Violence G.
Evie is turning 15, which means that since she belongs to a family of Messengers, she will be able to find out what her special gift is. Turns out that Evie’s special gift is rare among Messengers, and she is able to see dead people. Much of the book seems to be building to Evie’s discovery and understanding of what her gift is, so to have it revealed on the dust jacket seems a bit of a spoiler. When Evie does discover her gift, she has to figure out how to manage it, especially as it may affect her budding love life and the dynamics of her family.
For me, the short, choppy sentences were distracting, and the plot seemed a little predictable. “I see dead people,” anyone? But for those die hard ‘wish-I-could-commune-with-the-dead’ types, this will be a satisfying read.
MS, HS - OPTIONAL. Michelle in the Middle