My Rating: 5 Stars!
Cover Rating: 9/10 I adore this cover. It’s beautiful, poetic, a day dream come to life. It fits this novel and what it represents perfectly. I love everything about it!
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Publish Date: June 26th, 2018
Number of Pages: 281
Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Secrets are con artists: they trick you into letting them out.
Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, the dazzling and passionate George. George, her secret.
When something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for George, her hidden life may be exposed. Now she must confront the truth of the past, and protect a world she is terrified to lose.
Opening Sentence: “George’s blue eyes captured her. They were dark as the deep blue sea and Sadie was adrift under a starless night. No going back now.”
It took me a while to realize how much I appreciated this book. As readers, in some ways we all can attest to the power of imagination. For many of us, we know what it is like to be lost in a day dream. “The Museum of Us” lets us see the consequences of a mind filled with that power and how it can go too far.
As a kid, I wanted to have an imaginary friend. I tried to think one up, but I could not see beyond what was directly in front of me. When stories touched my heart, all I wanted was to build worlds of the same stuff that day dreams are made of. “The Museum of Us” has the magic of dreams woven into every word.
What I Loved:
The world beyond. In this story, there is reality and there is a world of dreams. In that world, anything and everything is possible. Adventures live there and at the center of it all, a boy named George. The boy who Sadie gets to save and be saved by over and over again. I loved how fantastic their world is and how it’s accessed anywhere and at any time.
Who can say what is real and what isn’t? This question is part of what I Loved about this book so much. If you forget your day dream, does what lived inside it die? If you fell in love with someone imaginary would it matter if they are real or not.. so long as it feels real? I don’t truly know the answer to that, but in today’s society this is a question to really think about.
How much Sadie’s world and memory is touched by the imaginary. For a while, there is so little tethered to reality that it feels distant. I liked that Sadie held on so tightly to the world she created that the real one felt more like a dream.
The secret of George. For years, Sadie kept George and this other world a secret from everyone. Being in a car accident where she was in a moment of such sheer panic that she couldn’t help, but shout George’s name was brilliant. Her ending up in the hospital where she is constantly being questioned about George and the accident forces Sadie to re-evaluate everything. The thing she so desperately wants to hide bubbling to the surface.
The Writing. In general, the writing in this novel was beautiful. I was completely immersed in the world the whole time.
The Museum of Us is magic and reality colliding and crashing in the mind of girl who is crushed between both. It is the question of how important it is to hold on to your dreams when sometimes you need to release and let go.
About the Author:
Tara Wilson Redd, a graduate of Reed College, grew up all over the United States, including in St. Louis, Seattle, and Central Oregon. An impenitent dilettante, she is interested in everything, but especially language, travel, and animals. When she is home from her adventures, she lives in Washington, DC where she works in libraries.
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