Friday, May 30, 2014

"I'm Nobody" by Alex Marestaing

“We're all sick in the head, broken each and every one of us. … Listen to me son, we're all broken on this side of heaven. But that don't matter much. Because we can still make beautiful things from the pieces.” pg. 202

Agrophobia, a young Indie filmmaker, and mysterious notes from "Emily Dickinson;" all parts of this new book by Alex Marestaing. How they are woven together into a story makes it worth reading this book.

Caleb Reed has agorophobia - a fear of open spaces, is thirteen (with all that it brings) and is still heavily mourning he death of his sister. But then he meets Iris. She is his age and through her encouragement and the notes from "Emily Dickinson," Caleb enters the outside world. He begins to make headway on some of his fears, but there is still the empty house across the street. Will Iris be able to make her film about Caleb? Will he go across the street and face one of his biggest fears? Will friendship help overcome the loss of his sister? Through the twists and turns, readers will learn the answers to these questions and more.

This is a really engaging book. While on the face of it, it seems that the story would be a downer, it is the opposite. Readers will see how friendship heals, how stepping outside of your comfort zone can lead to answers, and how even the smallest sliver of hope needs to be fanned. I recommend it to Young Adults everywhere. You will enjoy the story. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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About the book: 

We're all broken on this side of heaven, but we can make beautiful things from the pieces. Agoraphobic Caleb Reed is about to step outside for the first time in seven years, meet indie filmmaker Iris Elliott . . . and definitely not fall in love. It's all because of the notes, the weird and wonderful notes he keeps finding on his front porch, notes signed by someone claiming to be long dead poet Emily Dickinson. Caleb's parents think he's losing his mind, as always, but he knows they're wrong. Something's going on outside --- something strange, something terrifying . . . something beautiful.
Read the EPIC Award nominated novel that critics are saying is "fresh", "powerful" and "unlike anything" they've read. In a world full of anxiety, I'm Nobody: The Lost Pages is a triumphant tale of faith over fear and one that kids and grown-ups of all ages will love. (A London Book Festival Honorable Mention Winner)

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About the author: 

Author Alex Marestaing loves to create. He's written for media outlets such as The Walt Disney Company, Lego, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, and The Los Angeles Times and has authored three YA novels. His latest, I'm Nobody: The Lost Pages, recently won an honorable mention at the London Book Festival and was nominated for a 2014 Epic Award. Though he spends most of his time imagining ideas for the youth market, he's also written for faith based publications and has covered his favorite sport, soccer, in Europe and the U.S. for Sports Spectrum Magazineand Yanks Abroad. When Alex isn't writing or speaking at conferences, you'll most likely find him hanging out in California with his wife, three kids, and Milou, his dog.

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