Rosen, Lev AC, The Memory Wall. Pgs. 361. Penguin Random House, 2016. $16.99. Language: : PG (9 swears, no “f”s), Mature Content: PG, Violence: G
When his mother is put in a long-term care facility for early-onset Alzheimer’s, Nick’s only escape from reality comes in the form of the video game Wellhall. As he plays his character, Severkin, he meets a dark elf who he could swear is his mother. Her mannerisms, speech, and skill reminds is very similar. Unfortuantely, no one in the game uses their real name. Could his mother’s diagnosis be a mistake? Is his mom trying to reach out to him?
The characters in this book are easy to sympathize with and relate to. The handling of Alzheimer’s is tactful and well done. The plot is well written and touching. Fans of realistic fiction, books dealing with hard issues, and/or video games will enjoy reading this book.
MS, OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Jessica M, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.