Book review: Before I Let Go, by Marieke Nijkamp

Nijkamp, Marieke. Before I Let Go. Sourcebooks Fire, 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1492642282. 368p. Gr. 9-12. P6 Q6

I sort of liked this book, it was creative and parts of it were really interesting.  However, a lot of it was slow and at times, the plot is really vague; maybe the author was trying to make it spooky?  It’s a story about two girlfriends from a small town in Alaska; one moves away and before she can come back to visit her friend, the friend dies mysteriously.  The creepy part is that it looks like the whole town is covering it up.  There are hints that one of the girls is mentally ill, but the characters aren’t developed very well.  Part of this is because it was written from the other girl’s point of view, but I didn’t really get a sense of who the narrator was, either.  Still a good mystery, though, and I think kids will be able to relate to the characters and setting really well.

May 2018 review by NHS student.

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