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The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder Review

I am way behind on writing reviews! It’s time to get back on track. Here we go!

 

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The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
April 10, 2014
Razorbill
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.

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Top Ten Tuesday-Books About Friendship 5/20/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is an ode to friendships.

1. Also Known As by Robin Benway. Maggie has grown up as a spy, living a life of adventure on the go. There has never been time for friends, until an assignment brings the family back, to settle in New York. Enter Roux, the best bestie ever!

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2. The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. One of the main themes throughout this series is friendship. I just love the relationships between Halt and Will, and Will and Horace.

 

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3.  Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern is about one girl’s quest to find new friends. Because her old ones totally suck. She branches out, discovers new interests, meets new people, and she ultimately finds herself. Love this one!

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4. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg attempts to answer the age-old question: can guys and girls just be friends? Macallan and Levi have been best friends since middle school and they can’t figure out why everyone assumes they are a couple.

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5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a touching story of friendship between two boys. Ari was an angry loner before he met Dante, but as their friendship grows Ari learns a lot about himself and his family.

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6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is about magic and fate and myths and true love, but at its core is the friendship amongst the four boys from Aglionby Academy. Gansey is the glue that holds these boys together. It is truly magica.

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7. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extance is the story of an unlikely friendship between an epileptic teen and a reclusive American expat and Vietnam veteran. This book will certainly have a spot on my favorites of 2014 list.

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8. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter has some of the best female friendships around. Sure, the girls are all training at a top-secret spy school, but Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey really have each others’ backs.

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9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is a beautifully heartbreaking look at friendship.

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10. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan starring Percy, Anabeth, and Grover has one of my favorite group of friends since those loveable Harry Potter kids!

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Runners Up: Winger by Andrew Smith, Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt, and I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan