Friday, February 15, 2008

Enchanting Review: Alive and Well In Prague, New York

Contemporary Young Adult
Harper Teen
ISBN: 978-0-06-125670-7
256 Pages
Hardcover - Releasing May 20, 2008

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Matisse Osgood’s life is turned upside down the moment her parents uproot her from New York City to small town Prague, New York for the sake of her father’s health. Forced to start over, Matisse struggles with adapting to the small town atmosphere and making new friends at the small high school, especially the overfriendly farm boy next door who she can’t seem to shake and her new nemesis who seems determined to make her and her newfound friends’ lives miserable.

Matisse is a wonderful character, at times funny, poignant and very real. Uprooted from her home in NYC because of her father’s illness, Matisse is forced to move to small town Prague, where nothing is familiar--except for the reaction to her father’s Parkinson’s. Doing her best to keep her father’s condition hidden from her every faucet of her new life, how will she deal when what happened in NYC threatens to repeat itself in Prague?

Watching Matisse slowly adjust to life in her new small town and reconnecting with the father she thought she’d lost make this a novel well worth reading. A great debut novel by Ms. Grab.

Enchanting Reviews
February 2008

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