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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!

 

museum

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: My Reading Wishlist 1/21/14

toptentuesdayThis week, The Broke and the Bookish are asking about all the fun things we want to read about or things we want authors to write about. These things can be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc. A number of things jump to mind…and make me pause and think hmmm, what does this say about me?

1. Serial Killers-Lucky me, there are a few new serial killer books coming out this year!

dear killer killer instinct blood of my blood

2. Oz retellings-And more Oz books! I love the world of Oz and can’t wait for the new Dorothy books coming out. Below is the only one with a cover image right now. Still waiting on Prophecy of Oz by Megan Shan to get a cover.

dorothy

3. Male point of view-I feel like I read so many books with awesome heroines. Male POV is always a welcome change of pace for me.

grasshopper jungle avalon sunrise

4. Road trips-My favs!

open road summer let's get lost

5. Time travel-I am way behind on my time travel books!

river of no return timeriders map of time

6. Ghosts-Even though I am a big baby, I do love a good ghost story! I just finished this one and I really need The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson!

breath of frost

7. Misfits-I love a story with quirky characters who haven’t yet discovered their place in the world. Because, let’s be honest. Who hasn’t felt out-of-place and unsure of themselves at some point? Current misfit read:

roomies

8. Con artists-I want more books like How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller and The Curse Workers by Holly Black!

how to white cat

9. Aliens-there is such a wide range of alien fare out there. So far I have been enjoying these:

mothership 5th wave number four

10. Sassy heroines-A sure-fire way to get me interested in a book is to describe the heroine as smart, sassy, or snarky. I do love a mouthy leading lady!

heartsatstake paranormalcy i'd tell you bloody jack

What are your go-to topics/characters/settings?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan