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Another book that details everyday oddities as its main appeal
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2018
I was intrigued by the promise of time travel in this book, perhaps by the possibility of one older self sending one's younger self messages. Or a friend or stranger in the future sending messages to yourself, in the present.
This book left me underwhelmed. The explanations of the time travel were gibberish, honestly. It's like they said, "This happens... then this happens!" No, that doesn't explain anything. You need to explain HOW it happens, not what happens.
And why did Marcus hit Sal? This is held up as a key moment in the book, yet even by the end, it's never explained.
Yes, the middle-grade heroine is quite likeable, but a lot of the book delves into the boring survey of "oh this is a cute trait of this character, so unlike others" and "oh this is a cute occurrence that happens on this street, observe it carefully!". It's like a sketch of what one can "see" and note in others. But it doesn't make a story. I've noticed a lot of those books lately. They try to outbid each other as who can come up with the most remarkable traits in people, society, and environment and everyday life. But there's little story or conflict.