Book Title: The Boy from Tomorrow
Author: Camille DeAngelis
Genres: Children, Middle Grade, Time Travel, Fantasy
Format: Advanced Reader Copy
Published May 8th 2018.
My e-copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They sleep in the same room, but they’ve never laid eyes on each other. They are twelve years old and a hundred years apart.
The children meet through a hand-painted talking board—Josie in 1915, Alec in 2015—and form a friendship across the century that separates them. But a chain of events leave Josie and her little sister Cass trapped in the house and afraid for their safety, and Alec must find out what’s going to happen to them.
Can he help them change their future when it’s already past?
I wrote this review on the same day I finished the book back in April. The parts in italics are additional thoughts since that time.
According to my Kindle I woke up this morning with just over an hour left of ‘The Boy from Tomorrow’ and I knew there was no way I was going to be able to make it through to bedtime before I read to the end. It has been a few hours now since I finished and I am still thinking about it. In fact I kept thinking about for days afterwards. I struggled to get started on any other books. It was liked I was in mourning. I wasn’t ready for another world yet.
I loved everything about this book. It beautifully articulated the pain our parents can cause us but never let the characters give up hope. You could really feel Alec and Josie’s loneliness and how much of a salvation their relationship was for each of them.
I couldn’t help but be disappointed with the ending. And not because it didn’t fit, or a I didn’t get a resolution, I just didn’t get what I wanted. I knew I couldn’t, it was impossible (she says of a story where people communicate from 100 years apart) but that didn’t stop me wishing for it! I got the impression that Alec was ready to move on though and I really hope he does. It is never “just” a stir fry after all *wink wink*.
My reading journal allows for 6 star rating. I save this for special books. Those ones I cannot seem to shake once they are done. This was a 6 star story for me.