Title: The Astonishing Maybe
Author: Shaunta Grimes
Release Date: March 26th, 2019
Gideon hates the idea of moving to Nevada from the East Coast. It's so empty and hot in his new neighborhood. Only one person his age lives nearby: the girl next door, Roona.
Gid notices right away that Roona is . . . different. She wears roller skates and a blanket as a cape when she needs to feel strong. What he doesn't bargain for, however, is how far outside his comfort zone Roona will take him as she enlists his help in finding her long-gone father. For a kid who's not allowed to ride his bike more than a few blocks from home, this will be an adventure of a lifetime.
What I Liked
Gideon and his family felt very, very authentic to me. The conversations between Gideon and his mom were especially realistic and made me laugh a couple of times! Roona and her mom are fun to read about, but after a couple of chapters, the reader starts to notice something is not quite right (which is intentional!). Gideon's growth and his quick friendship with Roona is sweet and fun to read, and the sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking story throws some things at you that you are NOT expecting.
What I Would Have Liked to See
The thing I'd like to see would be a little spoilery, so I won't say it. No spoilers!
Roona's mom's (alleged) magic ability to bake emotions into her cookies and cakes! So cool!
When Gideon moves to Nevada, he quickly befriends his next door neighbor and is rapidly pulled into her desperate quest to find her missing father before her mom's sadness can seep into her magical baked goods and make the entire town cry.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. All thoughts are my own!