A Corner of White - YA Review by Sophie D

Reader: Sophie D
Age: 17
Title: A Corner of White
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Pub Date: 04/01/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book:  When I started this book, it reminded me of fantasy that I read when I was really young. It had the same feeling, same writing style, and the same whimsical characteristics incorporated into Cello. However, as I continued to read, I realized that this was a children's fantasy book in the process of growing up. It dealt with adult topics, like disease and cheating spouses, and both main characters had to come face to face with the most unpleasant parts of themselves. The one thing I really loved about this book was that both of the main characters were kind of jerks. They were pretty mean to everyone around them, and they took advantage of their friends, and it took until nearly the end of the book for them to realize that. It made the book extremely interesting to read, and the characters were still sympathetic.
Memorable or Forgettable: Besides the characters, the parallel plots were great, the Kingdom of Cello was fantastic in its detail and complexities. Also, I loved how the author wove elements like the theories of Isaac Newton and the theme of color through the book. It was really exciting to see these things pulled through so seamlessly.
Cover: The cover is cute, colorful, and more or less reflects the content of the book. The cover caught my eye and tempted me to pick it up.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
Annotation: Madeleine hates her life in Cambridge. She wants to escape, she wants to fly. When she begins exchanging letters with a boy named Elliot, a boy who may not exist, she learns of the Kingdom of Cello, where Colors attack people and Elliot searches desperately to find his father. Soon, the two are caught up in a series of events where they will need each other's help in order to save what they love.

tags:  coming of age / fantasy / BFYA nominee / ya lit

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