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The Cost of All Things by [Lehrman, Maggie]
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Length: 421 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 8 Up—The premise of Lehrman's debut is quite intriguing. Unfortunately, the novel does not deliver due to stereotypical characters and a story that turns convoluted very quickly. There are those who practice the art of "hekame" which allows them to cast spells to erase a person's memories, make them beautiful, or even help them hook friends forever. The story is told in the four voices of friends Ari, Kay, Win, and Markos. Win has recently died and Ari, his girlfriend, decides to spend $5,000 on a spell to erase all of her memories of Win. As she soon discovers, for every action there is a reaction. Though she dreamed of becoming a prima ballerina in New York, Ari begins suffering from physical clumsiness that prevents her from dancing—a direct side effect of the spell to erase her memory. Readers also learn that Markos, Kay, and Win have also purchased spells that affect them and their relationships with their family and friends. The theme that everyone is responsible for their own actions is redolent here. VERDICT Skip this novel and read E. Lockhart's We Were Liars (Delacorte, 2014) instead, which carries this theme to a much more satisfying end.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LA

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“An engrossing, emotionally resonant spin on the old adage: Be careful what you wish for.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Lehrman’s prose pulses with dark emotion…and the steady desperation of her characters is both disturbing and compelling.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A memorable debut, one that reminds readers to be careful what they wish for, because, yes, they may just get it.” (Booklist)

“The most creepily awesome cautionary tale ever. Magic—or hekame—does exist, and wishes can be granted...but always at a cost. Brilliant, provocative, and absolutely spellbinding.” (Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of The Infinite Moment of Us)

“Maggie Lehrman nimbly reveals secrets wrapped around our most basic need. The Cost of All Things is a walk of the soul.” (Rita Williams-Garcia, Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)

“With a captivating premise, elegant writing, and memorable characters, The Cost of All Things is a powerful examination of the interconnectedness of the human experience.” (Franny Billingsley, author of the National Book Award Finalist Chime)

“In The Cost of All Things, Maggie Lehrman spins a gorgeous and intricate web of secrets, love, loss, and redemption. This is a deeply moving and insightful novel from an incredible new voice.” (Coe Booth, acclaimed author of Tyrell)

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  • File Size: 1080 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 12, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MTSC70W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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