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Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced Paperback – April 27, 2018
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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Tommy is a realistic, likeable character who’s concerned for his mother (newly arrested for drug abuse) and his littler sister as they are sent to stay with an uncle and aunt they don’t know, in a small town in Indiana.
Once they arrive, Tommy ends up making new friends and getting himself involved in the investigation of a cold murder case from years before. The answers are closer to home than he ever assumed, putting him and his family in danger. But the group of friends won’t just sit back and do nothing.
The rag-tag cast of characters, budding friendships, mystery and wonderful writing pulled me along to the end.
I’d suggest for ages 12+.
I love the names, like a grisly sheriff called Polar Bear and a golden-haired girl named Silence. A Mudget. All the characters have secrets and dark sides, known to us but carefully concealed from each other.
Foreboding is always there, like a scratch on the surface of calm. Garcia writes, “And what’s with the ‘Ring Around the Roses’ song? It says ‘Ashes, ashes we all fall down.’ … Is everyone dying at the end of the song? … They’re just letting us know early on, that we’re all doomed.”
And there is a horrible secret lurking on the outskirts of this small town. A dangerous mystery binds vulnerable friends together.
Wow wow wow! A lot of crap happens in this book!
It starts out a little slow, but the Bang! Half way through everything goes to hell in one crazy scene after another. Then its almost non-stop action.
The character development was excellent. I loved tall the main characters - Tommy and Finn (new best friends), and the two misfit girls - Silence and Annie. I loved Annie, especially the second half of the book.
Something very wrong is happening. All the pieces of Tommy's life just don't seem to all fit together. This group of close friends venture out to find out why and try to put all the puzzle pieces together and find some really shocking truths!
This story was very well done. The author really makes you fall in love with the characters. For a first novel - this one was great! I would definitely read another!
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours - Thank You!!
5 out of 5 shining stars!
NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED is one of those novels I won't forget--memorable story with memorable characters. I don't see much YA mystery out there, and I think the world needs more of these kind of novels. This book is a standout in the YA contemporary genre in general. I read it very slowly, savoring every word--speed reading isn't allowed here because you may miss important information. The writing reminded me of "Anatomy of a Misfit" by Andrea Porters, another excellent novel.
One thing I really-really liked about NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED is how engaging it is--fast paced, but not confusing. Also, the characters felt very real, to the point I was shouting at them, "Don't do that!" or "Move faster!"
In summary, I loved NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED. Read it! You won't be disappointed!
My favorite kinds of books are character driven, and this book had it! It's also told in first person and dual POV from two boys, which was very cool because I never see that! Tommy and Finn felt incredibly real. They acted like teen boys, made mistakes like teen boys, and grew their characters grew throughout the story.
What also had me turning the pages was the mystery of it—the dialogue and writing were on point! And yes, there are some twists and turns that were utterly great! Overall, a unique story that I wish there were more of out in the world!