Finished Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. I received a copy for review.
This is a middlegrade novel about five people: Virgil (a bullied kid), Valencia (the girl Virgil likes), Kaori (Virgil’s friend and psychic consultant), Gen (Kaori’s sister) and Chet (kid who bullies Virgil). This is super simplified, but this is a book that should get to reveal its secrets in its own time.
I love Erin Entrada Kelly’s novels. They are realistic but they also have a sense of magic. Everything feels possible.
Her characters also feel fully realized. Even the characters I don’t like (that’s you, Chet) have a sense of sympathy to them. It doesn’t make it any easier to like them, but it’s easy to see why they are the way they are.
This is an excellent novel, one that should be read aloud. (So, basically, perfect for classrooms.) Recommended.