Image of The Thing with Feathers (Blink)


Image of The Thing with Feathers (Blink)

This is a beautifully written and genuine novel. Emilie makes for a very engaging heroine, and her relationship with her mom is healthy and refreshing. While readers are given a realistic glimpse at life with epilepsy, this aspect to Emilie’s character never overshadows the heart of the story — Emilie herself. Literary references and a swoon worthy first love provide a perfect balance to the tougher issues that the author tackles with sincerity, sensitivity and good humor. By spotlighting the reality of what distinguishes each person from the next, this novel also reminds us that unity can be found in those very distinctions.

Since her father died, Emilie Day feels safest when she stays home with her mom and her seizure dog Hitch. But now that her new meds are working well, the doctor has convinced her mother that Emilie will thrive best in a school setting. While she dreaded the change, Emilie has to admit that she’s enjoying her new friendships, including one with star athlete Chatham York. She doesn’t want to ruin everything by telling them about her epilepsy, but what if her new meds fail before she speaks up? (BLINK, Sep., 288 pp., $17.99, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Carrie Townsend