- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440584605
- ISBN-13: 978-1440584602
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,585,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Mackie, 16, appears to be a normal high school junior, but lifelong friend and fellow wildlife-shelter volunteer Jeremy discovers that she has the ability to heal animals in this bland paranormal romance that incorporates classical Greek mythology. During the summer before their junior year, Mackie nearly drowns when her family's boat capsizes off the Oregon coast. She is in a coma for a week, but recovers without any obvious side effects, except her unusual new power, tied to Akeso, the Greek goddess of healing. Shortly after the accident, she dumpsher boyfriend Brody, star athlete, cross-country team member with Jeremy, and a guy who's used to getting any girl he wants. As the school year starts, Brody, a senior, already has a new girlfriend, but he's not taking the breakup with Mackie well and is jealous of any guy who's interested in her. Brody's excessive jealousy ultimately threatens Mackie's life. This debut suffers from occasional verb tense inconsistencies and the frequent use of italics to emphasize "important moments" is overdone. The plot isn't complex enough to prevent readers from anticipating events long before they happen. Strictly additional.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
"Kaymer displays a wonderful talent for developing relationships with realism and ease. This is a sweet, good-natured romance...fueled by...genuine personal attraction.... A charming love story." --Kirkus Reviews
"Impossible to put down. Lin Kaymer's debut creates a beautiful world that mixes Greek mythology and the power of a true friend. You'll be itching to know...who is Mackie Spence?" --TeenReads.com
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There are interesting themes threaded through the book, the main one asking the question 'is life ruled by self-will or fate?' I think the author pays close attention to detail, such as having Jeremy's grammatical inconsistencies go along with his reading difficulties. Teen and adult readers will enjoy this atmospheric book with its well-paced tale.
Having said that, as a whole I enjoyed Who is Mackie Spence? It was very easy to read and kept me eager for the action - which there wasn't actually very much of, but the relationship between Mackie and Jeremy was so sweet that it made up for it.
Something I was particularly fond of throughout the book was the author's knowledge of sick and injured animals which came through strongly during Jeremy's and Mackie's volunteer work at the animal shelter. (I loved Number 26!) and I must commend the author's beautiful description of Puget Sound - reading the book really made me want to visit!
All in all, a charming book for young adults.
Mackie broke up with her boyfriend, Brody, after her accident, and once he gets wind of Mackie and Jeremy working together, he sees Jeremy as a threat to his plan to be with Mackie. And once Jeremy and Mackie start to spend time together, Jeremy discovers that Brody never accepted the break-up and has been continuously texting Mackie, refusing to let go.
One night after a dance, Jeremy, Mackie and their friends play an innocent game with the Ouija board. it's obviously a joke until Jeremy and Mackie both get weird messages. Just one more unexplainable thing in a long line of strange occurrences. Are past lives somehow involved in what is going on with Mackie? And is it Jeremy's destiny to rescue her...again?
This book is a Dagwood sandwich. There are so many different stories going on. It seems as soon as a new element is introduced, the story shifts and only focuses on that one thing. Then it changes again. It's like a giant digression, over and over, like there was too much story for just one volume. When it started, I just had no idea as to where it was going, Well, actually I thought I did, but then it would change paths, over and over. I couldn't tell if it was a contemporary fiction, fantasy, or Greek tragedy. Things get tied up, so it doesn't leave you hanging, but I feel like there was way too much going on. And for all of the action, so little happened.
The book is told in first person from Jeremy's perspective. He seems like your average high school junior, but he's a boy and his descriptions of things were, many times, just not something a 16-year-old boy would notice, much less think. He called his underwear "briefs" (hey, maybe they do that in Oregon) and used the exclamation "Stinkeroo!" He mentioned a clothes tree and the foyer and many other words that I do not associate with this age of a boy. I think that's the danger of writing in first person; everything becomes his words, and these were too adult and specifically, things more associated with what women would notice. Overall, there was just way too much description about everything and it seemed to take up more in the book than the story did.
And something you don't see every day in YA - the parents were really paying attention! Always asking who was going and who was driving and when they had to be home...plus the healthy eating was amazing! While it was refreshing to see parents actually parenting, it seemed a little forced (along with the healthy eating) as to be slightly on the unbelievable side. There were only a couple of "bad" kids, and they drank and did drugs. It was super easy to tell the bad apples, Mom and Dad!
And when something bad happens, the adults/police/friends/Jeremy don't even think to look in the obvious direction. Bottom line, this seemed like a tale that an adult would want a teen to read. I was disappointed, to say the least.
Who Is Mackie Spence? by Lin Kaymer was published January 2, 2015, by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher for their generosity.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Thriller Romance
Ages: 12 and up
One of the first things that stands out about WHO IS MACKIE SPENCE is the book’s point of view. Instead of being told in an all-knowing third person perspective or from the perspective of the main character, WHO IS MACKIE SPENCE is seen from the eyes of her best friend, Jeremy. Readers go on a journey along with Jeremy, and feel awestruck right along with him.
I’m not going to lie; this book takes a few pages to fully get into. It starts off as if nothing special is going to happen. Do not let that stop you from reading this. Once the ball gets rolling, it’s endless mystery and adventure and is impossible to put down. Lin Kaymer’s debut creates a beautiful world that mixes Greek mythology and the power of a true friend. You’ll be itching to know… who is Mackie Spence?
Reviewed by LexiBex V.