Reviews for When You Reach Me
AudioFile Web Reviews
A strong reading by Cynthia Holloway makes listeners curious about this story's nonlinear structure, rather than being put off. Holloway portrays the confusion of sixth-grader Miranda, who is befuddled by several letters that appear in her apartment, foretelling a future that, at first, makes no sense to her--or to listeners. Holloway manages both the real and fantasy elements of the story so that we believe in the young heroine's worries about friendship and her hopes for her mother's success on a game show. Equally convincing is Holloway's presentation of Miranda's feelings and actions as she untangles the book's puzzle. By the end, we, like Miranda, believe in the time-travel that serves as the story's turning point. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #6
Narrator Holloway does an excellent job of inhabiting main character Miranda, a Wrinkle in Time-loving New York sixth grader, as she deals with changing friendships, the challenges of her late-1970s Upper West Side neighborhood...and a succession of anonymous notes that seem to be a matter of life and death and, incredibly, time travel. The narrator's overly exaggerated voicing of Miranda's mom (who comes across so naturally in the print book) is jarring. Otherwise, however, Holloway's intimate tone emphasizes the novel's interpersonal aspects, helping to ground the extraordinary plot. An additional plus of the audio version is that the clever chapter titles are given more prominence -- they're easy to skip over in print, but they're well worth noticing, adding depth and further tying together the many ingeniously interwoven elements of this memorable book. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.