When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
This novel is strange and thought-provoking–but in a good way. It starts off quietly, and reads as an episodic kind of a story (which usually bores me to death) but as soon as the overall story begins to form, it becomes clear that everything in the previous “boring” chapters were actually clues to the greater puzzle in the story. Awesome.
Basically, the story is about a young girl who is obsessed with A Wrinkle in Time (previously reviewed) who begins finding cryptic messages in hidden places. The phrase “masterfully woven” is over-used in book reviews, but I think it actually fits really well for this story. Usually, I’m pretty good at figuring out what’s going to happen at the end of a story, but in this case I only half-way figured out the mystery before it was revealed. The half I didn’t figure out was quite the surprise. The end will leave you wanting to re-read the entire book to see if you can piece it together the second time around!