Missing nearly two years of school while battling cancer is something that Norah wishes that she could forget. Norah's story of reentry into her "old normal" life is a bit bumpier than she expected. She and her parents are understandably nervous and as she is a bit of a geek the process of getting back into the swing of the school routine is rough. I love how the story is full of her doodles and all the greek mythology references. Eventually, Norah figures out that her past illness is part of her story and that's okay.
The best part of Barbara's writing to me is how she entangles the plot with classic literary references. This story is great in itself, but it also may spark a mythology interest in MG readers without being heavy-handed or in your face. I also recommend another of her books: Star-Crossed for its Shakespeare references.
I'd almost call this a "The Fault in Our Stars" jr edition. For the top end of MG readers who want a "heavy" book.
Please note that I received a free advance ARC of this book from the author without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
By Barbara Dee September 17, 2017