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Sunday, January 1, 2012

You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis

It's been a year since Luna's mother, the fashion-model wife of a successful film director, was hit and killed by a taxi in the East Village. Luna, her father, and her little brother, Tile, are still struggling with grief.

When Luna goes to clean out her mother's old studio, she's stunned to find her mom's cell phone there—charged and holding seven unheard messages. As Luna begins to listen to them, she learns more about her mother's life than she ever wanted to know . . . and she comes to realize that the tidy tale she's been told about her mother's death may not be the whole truth.


The best way I can describe this novel is painfully, stunningly real. It is absolutely the most down-to-earth, believable novel I have read this year. Luna's struggle with the loss of her mother is equally heart-breaking and relatable, and her raw feelings are perfectly portrayed through Lewis's skilled writing and in-depth character development. 

The novel itself had personality, and Luna's voice (as well as Lewis's writing) was unique and likeable. The truth of the plotline, story, and characters shown strongly throughout, and the romance was sweet. Many young adult novels focus strongly on passionate romances, and I was surprised by how much the sweet, kind romance of Luna and Oliver draws you in. That gentle romance is enough to satiate even the most romantic of readers, and reminiscent of most young love. 

You Have Seven Messages is a fantastic novel, quiet in it's beauty and strengths, but unforgettable and touching. The perfect read for a wide variety of bibliophiles, I would not hesitate to add this novel to my list of favorites or to recommend it to all of you. 

Grade: A+


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