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THE MUSEUM OF INTANGIBLE THINGS
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Heartbreaking, adventurous and poignant, Wunder’s latest should be savored like a decadent dessert. Readers will find themselves setting this book down periodically, just to ponder its thought-provoking contents before diving back in. Wunder’s use of language, particularly her word choice, is sublime.
Hannah and Zoe have always looked out for each other — that’s just what best friends do. And in backwoods New Jersey there isn’t much else going on. Hannah is brainy, controlled and maternal. Zoe is her opposite, wild and daring. Together they achieve a balance that helps them cope with Hannah’s alcoholic father and Zoe’s autistic brother. When a party goes wrong, Zoe spirals out of control, and Hannah is determined to help her best friend find her equilibrium.
Zoe decides they should run away, in an effort to keep her mom from institutionalizing her, and Hannah reluctantly agrees. A wild road trip ensues. When disaster strikes and Hannah realizes Zoe is sicker than she thought, she will do absolutely anything to help her best friend. (RAZORBILL, Apr., 304 pp., $17.99, HB, ISBN: 9781595145147, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed By: Raven Haller
Published: April 2014