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Sophisticated Middle Grade,
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This review is from: Doll Bones (Hardcover)
Since this is a middle grade, I bought this more out of author loyalty than any sincere interest. I'm very glad I did. Even from an adult reader's perspective, Doll Bones has a lot to offer.
What most impressed me is Black's perfect recall. She remembers EXACTLY what it's like to be that age, not a kid, but not a teenager, either, in that moment of life when things are just starting to get really complicated. Be prepared for some fierce nostalgia.
The scares aren't off the kiddie menu, either, and I would caution parents to be aware of that. I've been reading Stephen King since I was twelve (I'm in my 30s now) and I had very unsettling dreams while reading Doll Bones.
I almost gave this four stars because of the ending. I found it to be very abrupt--but then again, that could have more to do with the styling of the genre than the author's plan. Middle grade doesn't usually linger long after the climax.
I'd highly recommend this for older tweens/young teens who can handle a good scare.