Hiya everyone, it’s Sarah!
I received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I never turn down a King novel and I am always interested in seeing what she has going on in the middle grade world.
Title: The Year We Fell From Space
Liberty’s dad moved out because he was having trouble with his depression. Even though Liberty and her sister want to see their dad and have him back in the house, he needs space. Liberty uses the stars to understand life. Instead of seeing constellations in the night sky, she sees pictures that help her understand what is going on. Liberty’s sister won’t leave the house, but her mother seems happier about this change. While things are difficult at home, they are even worse at school. Liberty has started middle school and her bully from last year is back and has started up again. Armed with what she believes to be a meteorite, Liberty is going to find her way back to happiness.
This novel certainly feels like a middle grade version of King novel. The quirky character, mixed with mental health issues, and a spark of magic. This novel exposes readers to mental illness in parents and allows them to explore positive ways of coping with it. I thought that this book was dry and slow. However, I think it is an important part of the collection because of its plot.
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