Monday, May 26, 2014

I'm Nobody: The Lost Pages by Alex Marestaing - REVIEWED

About the Book:
We're all broken on this side of heaven, but we can make beautiful things from the pieces. Agoraphobic Caleb Reed is about to step outside for the first time in seven years, meet indie filmmaker Iris Elliott . . . and definitely not fall in love. It's all because of the notes, the weird and wonderful notes he keeps finding on his front porch, notes signed by someone claiming to be long dead poet Emily Dickinson. Caleb's parents think he's losing his mind, as always, but he knows they're wrong. Something's going on outside --- something strange, something terrifying . . . something beautiful.
Read the EPIC Award nominated novel that critics are saying is "fresh", "powerful" and "unlike anything" they've read. In a world full of anxiety, I'm Nobody: The Lost Pages is a triumphant tale of faith over fear and one that kids and grown-ups of all ages will love. (A London Book Festival Honorable Mention Winner)

Purchase a copy: HERE.

My Thoughts:
“….we’re all broken on this side of heaven.  But that don’t matter much.  Because we can still make beautiful things from the pieces.”  (Mr. Rowe to Caleb)

Wow.  What an unexpected journey Alex Marestaing’s book, I’m Nobody, has become!  Caleb Reed is a thirteen-year-old with some distinct emotional challenges.  His parents aren’t doing so well either.  The three of them make a pretty miserable combination.  They are grieving a great loss, and doing it very poorly. 

And then a voice from across the street begins to speak to Caleb through a series of mysterious notes.  These notes draw Caleb out into the world and the into the lives of others grieving the same loss.  Together, they come together to discover that they need only to put their own brokenness together to help each other into a new and brighter tomorrow.

I really don’t want to give away anything about this novel.  It is a story that needs to be uncovered….unwrapped…discovered….savored.  I’ll admit, there was a point at the beginning that I wanted to report Mr. and Mrs. Reed for child abuse….well emotional abuse at least….until I discovered the cause of their profound grief.  They were coping…albeit very poorly…and thankfully, they were rescued in a very unlikely and tender way. 

This novel will touch your heart deeply.  Stay the course.  All is not as it seems.  Great book!! Genius, actually.  Bravo!!

About the Author:
Author Alex Marestaing loves to create. He's written for media outlets such as The Walt Disney Company, Lego, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, and The Los Angeles Times and has authored three YA novels. His latest, I'm Nobody: The Lost Pages, recently won an honorable mention at the London Book Festival and was nominated for a 2014 Epic Award. Though he spends most of his time imagining ideas for the youth market, he's also written for faith based publications and has covered his favorite sport, soccer, in Europe and the U.S. forSports Spectrum Magazine and Yanks Abroad. When Alex isn't writing or speaking at conferences, you'll most likely find him hanging out in California with his wife, three kids, and Milou, his dog.

Alex can be found at: websiteTwitter, Facebook 

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