Review by Leydy
by Jen Brooks
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 28, 2015)
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Imagination takes on new meaning for a uniquely talented teen in this debut novel that is a breathtaking blend of contemporary, fantasy, and romance.
Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is a superhero, or a ladies’ man, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most since sophomore year, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend.
But when Jonathan confuses his worlds senior year and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie actually notices Jonathan…and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.
Have you ever closed your eyes and picture a different world? Maybe even imagine to be dating the person you like? Have you picture a loved one alive, when you know she or he is dead? Have you ever wanted to be in another place or have things you just can’t get in the real world? A world that is just in your liking.
In a World Just Right, Jonathan Aubrey creates a new world. A world in which his parents are still alive. A world that he isn’t shy. A world that he has friends and even dates the girl he likes. Jon has created a world that is just right for him. A world with happiness. A world that he is not called Frankenstein. A world that his burns and scars are simply symbols of surviving. A world in which he doesn’t limp and is able to run.
Little did I know this book will make me cry. The tragedy Jonathan goes thru is one that I wish no one would go thru. It is a harsh world and when we lose the ones we love, we realize life is precious to waste. Even the simple act of walking is precious - we have to be grateful for it. Some are not fortunate to walk, others are able to walk but while limping.
There are some parts In A World Just Right that will break you, there are parts that will make you smile, but most of all there is a twist in the story that is mind-blowing. I was utterly and completely blown away with the last pages. I recommend this book to everyone. It is a piece of art that will show you the beauty of life.
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