Friday, February 17, 2017
(Note: This is a Battle of the Books 2017 title; reviews are welcome!)
Then Nadia begins seeing a boy running through the streets of the Italian city she and her family moved to a few months ago. He leaves her flowers, Nadia's only proof of a boy nobody else seems to see. Nadia keeps slipping in and out of memory, particularly ones of her friend Maggie back home in the US, finding it increasingly hard to stay in the present.
But worst of all, Nadia is losing the ability to speak. Once-easy words fail to come out, or stop halfway through. As her mind deteriorates, so do her relationships. Every day, Nadia loses a bit of herself - and a bit of her ability to tell someone what's going on.
The race is on - will someone get her help, or will Nadia disappear completely first?
Without spoiling too much, this book is suspenseful in a realistic way. Coley touches on mental illness and abuse in a tasteful and interesting way that keeps readers enthralled to find out what happened.
(Note: the reviewer gave this a 7-out-of-8. This is a Battle of the Books 2017 title; reviews are welcome!)
Jason Dessen, a physics professor at a nearby university, thinks of what could have been - he could have been a celebrated physicist, but he chose his relationships and his family instead. And he hasn't regretted his decision.
One day, Dessen is plopped into an alternate universe, one in which he is a celebrated physicist, but his wife and son are gone. How does Jason Dessen find his way back to his world? And who wanted to live his life so badly?