About the book:
We’re all broken on this side of heaven, but we can make beautiful things from the pieces. Agoraphobic Caleb Reed is about to step outside for the first time in seven years, meet indie filmmaker Iris Elliott . . . and definitely not fall in love. It’s all because of the notes, the weird and wonderful notes he keeps finding on his front porch, notes signed by someone claiming to be long dead poet Emily Dickinson. Caleb’s parents think he’s losing his mind, as always, but he knows they’re wrong. Something’s going on outside — something strange, something terrifying . . . something beautiful.
Read the EPIC Award nominated novel that critics are saying is “fresh”, “powerful” and “unlike anything” they’ve read. In a world full of anxiety, I’m Nobody: The Lost Pages is a triumphant tale of faith over fear and one that kids and grown-ups of all ages will love. (A London Book Festival Honorable Mention Winner)
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About the Author:
Alex Marestaing loves to create. He’s written for media outlets such as The Walt Disney Company, Lego, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, and The Los Angeles Times and has authored three YA novels. His latest, I’m Nobody: The Lost Pages, recently won an honorable mention at the London Book Festival and was nominated for a 2014 Epic Award. Though he spends most of his time imagining ideas for the youth market, he’s also written for faith based publications and has covered his favorite sport, soccer, in Europe and the U.S. for Sports Spectrum Magazine and Yanks Abroad. When Alex isn’t writing or speaking at conferences, you’ll most likely find him hanging out in California with his wife, three kids, and Milou, his dog.
Okay, this book was way out of my comfort zone mainly because it deals with paranormal activity – Emily Dickinson is sending Caleb notes from beyond the grave and of course since he is afraid of going outside and has serious OCD tendencies his parents think he is mentally ill. As I said this isn’t my usual type of book but I thought it looked interesting and since it’s better than other books targeted at young people today, there is no teen killing teen, no sex, no cussing and so on and for that I’ll rate it very high. The book did keep me turning the page and kept me in it’s grip because the characters seem real and the suspense builds making me wanting to read more. Caleb is homeschooled by his mother who seems to spend most of her days in her room – so it seems there isn’t much schooling going on, this is another negative for me as that isn’t the typical homeschool family and most would be getting their son help for his paranoia.
Even with the couple of issues I found I liked the overall premise of the book, we are all broken in some way this side of Heaven, whether it’s mental illness, chronic pain or whatever – we’ll only receive complete healing when we ascend into Heaven. I can’t be sure if this was supposed to be written from a Christian or secular worldview so teens on either side will enjoy the fast pace of the book. Would I be okay giving this to my 12 year old daughter to read? Probably, only because she knows ghosts aren’t real and that while spirits do roam they are sent from Satan so she’d be okay with reading this as she has a high discernment level – it’s better than some of the books that are currently being raved about among teens right now. Overall, it was a light, fast read that was a break from my usual genre’s and definitely a break for the adult geared Amish fiction I usually tend to read.
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