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Take Me with You Kindle Edition
|Length: 366 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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|Language: English||Age Level: 13 and up|
|Grade Level: 9 - 9|
Will keep readers guessing until the very end. . . . A fun and unusual mystery that teens will enjoy; give to fans of John Green's Paper Towns and E. Lockhart's We Were Liars. ― SLJ on THE OPPOSITE OF HERE
Altebrando nails the staccato delivery of popular investigative podcasts like Serial . . . Extremely effective in landing emotional punches . . . Taut and thoroughly gripping. ― Publishers Weekly, starred review, on THE POSSIBLE
The juicy premise is enough to draw mystery/crime fans, and Altebrando unspools details with a deft hand. ― BCCB on THE POSSIBLE
This gripping tale, full of unexpected twists and turns, will intrigue readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with a touch of the paranormal. ― SLJ on THE POSSIBLE
You will not sleep, check your phone or even breathe once you begin reading The Leaving. Altebrando hides a meditation on memory and identity inside a top-speed page-turner. I promise, you will not even look up from the page. ― E. Lockhart, author of WE WERE LIARS on THE LEAVING
A twisting, harrowing story . . . Engrossing, both as a thriller and a meditation on memory--its limits, its loss, and the ways it deceives and constructs identity. ― Publishers Weekly, starred review, on THE LEAVING
This is no mere thriller; folded into this compulsively readable work are thought-provoking themes. . . . Teens who enjoy engrossing, contemplative titles such as Adam Silvera's More Happy Than Not will devour this insightful musing on memory and identity. ― SLJ, starred review, on THE LEAVING --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Tara Altebrando is the author of several middle grade and teen novels, including The Leaving and Roomies, an ALA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, co-written with Sara Zarr. She lives in New York City with her family.
- ASIN : B0877BF4NQ
- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition (23 June 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1595 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 366 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1681197480
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Officially, I threw in the towel at p.181 but I skimmed to and read the end because I wanted to see if the journey was worth it. Spoiler: it wasn't. I'm actually pretty disappointed because I thought TAKE ME WITH YOU had a really interesting premise and what sold me on the book was its superficial similarities to Danny Tobey's THE GOD GAME, which was basically the YA version of a cheesy potboiler.
Basically, the premise of this book is this: four teens are summoned to a classroom under mysterious circumstances where they find a device. The device tells them that they must take it with them, trading off every 24 hours. They are not allowed to talk about the device, they can't abandon the device, and they cannot get it wet. The first one hundred or so pages are mysterious and creepy because the rules give the appearance of dramatic stakes should the rules be defied.
I guess my problem with this book is that it didn't really go anywhere. It had all these opportunities to be either a bit ridiculous but fun like THE GOD GAME or a cheesy techno-thriller like Paycheck, where even if the science doesn't make sense, you can at least tell a good and compelling story with some emotional stakes. It's never really clear why these four teens were chosen and none of them really leaped out at me, personality-wise. The ending is anticlimactic and it just seems like this book goes on for way too long with way too little payoff. Very disappointing.
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
1 to 1.5 out of 5 stars
The four characters at the center of the story are very relatable, even though the author doesn't spend a lot of time fleshing them out. Young readers will easily see themselves in this odd assortment of kids and will be left wondering what they would do in similar circumstances and perhaps examine the role that technology plays in their own lives. This is a great choice for reluctant readers ages 12 and up. I am far removed from this age group but still enjoyed this fast paced, engaging read.
I kept in mind the age group when reading this - also trying to see if it was something my own tween would enjoy. It's definitely appropriate for her age, but is also messy, kind of slow, and very unbelievable.
The suspension of disbelief just didn't work.
Our four main characters are okay, though only one really comes to life. Mixed in with the story are heavy-handed messages about racism, peer pressure, death of loved ones, infidelity, etc.
None of the adults act in any way that's believable, nor do most of our teens.
I will let my daughter read this, but I'm not sure the pacing will be enough to keep her interest. Nor am I sure that the overall messy plot will engage.
I did finish it and I think a less mature reader than my own tween might be okay with this, but it lacks...something.
To be fair I am not in the target demographic but I do read very widely. Maybe the mysterious box will inspire dread for other people but it just made me want to go find a better book to read.
Four teenagers are called to gather in an empty classroom after school, upon which they happen on a "device". The device begins to give them instructions, and they find themselves responding and reacting to its demands on them in varying ways.
This is an interesting allegory on our reliance ON our own devices, at least it was for me. It also speaks to human urges and doing what is right despite outside (and even more important- internal) pressure and stimuli.
I highly recommend this book.