The ClearingI'm declaring this one of my favorite books this year. I am fascinated with the 1940's and WWII and this novel was just...timeless.
Amy, a sixteen-year-old recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country to start a new life with her aunt–all she wants is for everything to be different. In the clearing at the back of Aunt Mae’s property, she makes an amazing discovery—Henry, a boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry and his world become Amy’s refuge and she begins to learn that some moments are worth savoring. But when the past and present come crashing together, both of them must find the courage to face what is meant to be, even if it means losing each other forever.
I loved Henry (lit boyfriend list: added). He seemed very true to the 1940's. I keep trying to think to which book I'd compare this one to and the only one that comes up...the first one that came up is Tuck Everlasting. It has that kind of feel. Henry is so sweet and I could picture him in my mind PERFECTLY
Amy was great, too. She's a very good narrator and her struggles are really clear throughout the whole book. I realized she's a very strong person and I was so proud of her at the end.
Aunt Mae was my favorite character. She was so unique and sweet. I loved her to death. I want her to be my great-aunt. Go Mae!
The end is not shocking per say but it's very different. I liked how it ended. It was open enough yet it closed all the right story lines. I LOVED it! Very unique story.
In one sentence:
"A timeless story that waves classic 1940s with contemporary."
Overall Feeling: 5