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Lakeside is nicely paced and definitely a YA and coming-of-age book. Jemi is a wonderful and memorable character, whose development is exactly at that high-school senior age (maybe just a bit a late bloomer, but for sure within the range), not yet fully formed, but finding herself.
I loved how Jemi's perceptions change and grow, particularly towards her teachers (and especially that one teacher!).
The spirits that haunt the school 'basement', and the lake, are an integral and fascinating, but nebulous, part of the story. Shelob's character is a lovely touch.
This is a wonderful YA book, but I did feel that the conclusion, while very nicely done, could have offered the reader a little more - but then, I'm a sucker for love stories. :)
I found this to be an interesting story that had more mystery than paranormal aspects to it such as the strange noises in the basement classroom & the number of spiders that seemed to be around everywhere Jemi happened to look. Spiders rather creep me out so, yeah that I could have lived without being in the story. What I did love was how this young woman, new to the school and town ultimately through her desire to create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere to the run down park, managed to rally the community into helping not only clean up the park and beautify it, but create a community service project for future graduating students to earn the needed service points to graduate too. Along the way to completing her goal, Jemi dealt with the "mystery" that surrounded the lake that couldn't seem to hold water and what water it had seemed to always shift to new puddle spots almost daily as well as strange "goings on" that seemed to happen in the Basement classroom too. In the end, she not only saved the lake (which mysteriously filled itself after the winter storm's dumping of snow melted), she also created a job that she discovered she loved too. The spiders were the key in the end...
I would recommend this book to anyone, yes its a YA book, however it still appealed to me and kept my attention! Must have been those spiders!! LOL 😉
Jemi is a new student just trying to make it through her senior year at Lakeside. She's moved plenty of times in the past, however she finds this time is entirely different. Not long after starting the school year, Jemi finds herself making new friends at a party, joining a badminton team, and taking on a service project that the entire town starts to get involved with.
Not long after starting at her new school, Jemi learns she has to complete a service project in order to graduate. Realizing she only had one school year to accomplish this, she immediately thought of the lake. It was kind of ironic that a town called "Lakeside" had a half filled lake that no one wanted to visit because it was situated in a run down park. So Jemi went into action trying to find a way to clean up the lake area to become more friendly. However, it didn't take long for Mrs. Markum, the odd Environmental Science teacher to take wind of her project and before she knew it more students, the mayor, and other teachers started to get involved. At first, all Jemi wanted to do was graduate and the project started to become overwhelming, but it didn't take long for Jemi to feel a personal connection to the lake and she became determined to make the lake a place where people would want to go.
What I really loved about this book was that the author Amanda Linehan, creates a unique story about a young girl with a vision, and the challenges that she has to overcome to make that vision a reality. The spiders and spiritual presence in the book was also a great touch and not overdone at all!
Great writing and author, will be looking for more Amanda Linehan books!
The story is all about finding strength in yourself and following your vision, even when you feel inadequate to the task. Jemi feels real in how she, as a teenager, handles a challenge that quickly becomes more than she expected. Even so, there is a glimmer of the paranormal and a small hint of romantic interest, just enough to up the complexity and interest in the story.
Besides that, I’d have liked to know if there were some background behind the spiders. They seem to be linked to the spirits Jemi learns about, but why?
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. I think folks who like reading about teens who overcome obstacles would like this book, while readers who expect more than a glimmer of the paranormal may be disappointed.
I received the review copy of this book from the author.
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