Friday, June 24, 2016

Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Within Reach by Jessica Stevens

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!  This week's book is Within Reach by Jessica Stevens!

About the book:

Dying wasn’t on seventeen-year-old Xander Hemlock’s summer to-do-list. Finding ways to spend more time with his girlfriend, Lila, was the most critical thinking he planned on doing. But that was before he found himself trapped in a realm of only darkness with thirty days to convince Lila he’s not actually dead―well, not completely, anyway.

As Xan tries to show Lila she isn't alone, she struggles to comprehend how her life has changed so completely. Six months ago her life was perfect: she was on her way to becoming a professional dancer, her parents were still married, and her boyfriend was alive. But now, with her anorexic tendencies stronger than ever, she must decide which is the lesser of two evils: letting go to be with a boy she doesn't love, or holding on to the unreasonable, yet overpowering, feeling that Xan is still within reach...and trying to show her something.

Improbable and endearing, Within Reach is a story of two soulmates discovering that sometimes it takes more than one lifetime to get it right.
Within Reach is a story about soul mates, love, death and the decision of letting go.  Xan and Lila are soul mates and completely in love.  However, Xan is murdered and his soul is trapped in a realm where he has to prove to Lila that he is still there.  There is someone trying to pull Lila away from Xan in order to have a chance with her.  Xan has to continue fighting and looks for help to show Lila that he is not completely gone.  This book is full of suspense and you will be rooting for Xan and Lila (and booing someone else) throughout the story.  It is heartbreaking and sad because Lila not only has lost Xan, but also something she had a true passion for: dancing.  It is also very sad from Xan's point of view because he sees Lila suffering without being able to help her.  The ending is really interesting and keeps you wondering until the very last sentence!!

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About the author:

Jessica Stevens grew up knowing without a doubt that she would become a professional ballet dancer. When life told her otherwise, she went to college like the rest of the world and earned a degree in psychology. Shortly after, while raising her two boys, she found herself glued to her computer all hours of the night while everyone else slept. Today she lives in suburbs of Milwaukee spending as much time as possible on lakes and rivers.

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