I am way behind on writing reviews! It’s time to get back on track. Here we go!
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
April 10, 2014
Hardcover, 304 pages.
What it’s about:
Hannah and Zoe have faced many challenges in their lives, but they have always faced them together. So when Zoe insists that she has to get out of their New Jersey town, Hannah agrees to pack up her old LeMans and head west. The girls leave behind family dramas, romance traumas, and the prospect of disappointing futures as they chase storms and maybe break a few laws. Zoe has always been the more outgoing of the pair and as their journey progresses Zoe encourages Hannah to be bolder, dream bigger, and take more risks. She tries to teach Hannah about the things missing from her life. While Hannah embraces Zoe’s daring lessons she tries to hold on to a bit of her old self, the Hannah that is the grounding, stable force in Zoe’s chaotic world.
Why you might like it:
Before I give you a few things that you might like about this book, I have to warn you that the cover is terribly misleading and really has nothing to do with the story. Yes, there are two girls in the story, and yes, they see some mountains, but that is it. This road trip is not all sunshine and flowers. It is frenetic in an earth-shattering, life changing way. So, if you up for some heartbreak, then I definitely recommend this story that touches on so many issues. If you love books about road trips, you might enjoy Zoe and Hannah’s trip from New Jersey to the Grand Canyon. Their trip is quite entertaining at times, even if it does require readers to suspend disbelief at times. If you are interested in alcoholism or mental illnesses, and the impact they have on families and friendships, you’ll find they are both powerful forces in this book. If you love a first romance, and an unbreakable best friend bond you’ll find both here. If you can handle sadness, heartbreak, and shock that often comes along with the joy and humor in life, you might pick this book. The Museum of Intangible Things is not a light, summer-y road trip book that is all about romance and self-discovery. Actually, it IS about friendship, romance and self-discovery, but it is certainly not light! This book was not what I was expecting, but I was quite moved by what I found.
Want more like this?
For more road trip tales and epic journeys try An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, and The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner. You might also enjoy Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs, It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, and Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.