Author: Katrina Leno
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Summary: Although cute, sweet, and quirky, this book managed to tackle some big issues believably and sympathetically.
“Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear. […] They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost.” (Source) During the trip and with each other’s help, they may be able to come to terms with big changes in their lives.
Although sold by HarperTeen and marked as YA on goodreads, the writing in this book struck me more as middle grade. Given that I don’t usually read middle grade, that makes me even more pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down. I felt the simple writing was actually a nice complement to the tough topics the author tackled, enabling her to do so while making me feel reassured that everything would end happily.
Despite the focus of the description on a potentially romantic relationship between the two main characters, the focus in the book was at least a much on the relationships between Frannie and her cousin and between Louis and his twin sister. There was also a large focus on how each main character dealt with a tragedy in their life. Both of these aspects were handled very well and I think more chapters left me feeling emotional than not. The whole story felt believable. And the magical realism was a cute addition. If you’re looking for a heart-warming read, I’d suggest this book, even if you don’t usually read YA.