2 halves don’t always make a whole ~ ‘A Corner of White’ by Jaclyn Moriarty #Review #COYER

jkt_9780545397360.inddElliot Baranski’s father has been missing for over a year. It’s a puzzling case, because while the body of Jon Baranski, Elliot’s uncle, was found, there was no sign of his father’s or the third person in their party. It was obvious that Uncle Jon was killed by a third-level Purple. And while everyone knows that a Purple always eventually kills, sometimes it does take people hostage. So Elliot must spend all the time he can searching for him. Madeleine Tully has run away for the last time. After all, no one came to get her, except for her mother, who ran away with her. They’ve left everything behind, including their father/husband and their massive wealth. Madeleine is still waiting for her father to come to Cambridge and get them.
One day, Madeleine happens to see something white barely sticking out of a broken parking meter on the street. She pries it loose, and reads these words: “Help me! I am being held against my will!” She decides to write a reply and returns it to the meter. She laughs; the meter is at an odd angle, looking like it’s trying to escape. Thus begins a strange correspondence between Madeleine and a boy who is not of this world.

I will confess immediately (I would never hold out against the Spanish Inquisition) that this was not my first try with this book. It is, indeed, the book that I have had the longest on my eReader. And (to continue with the honesty), after trying to read it the first time, I couldn’t have told you why I stopped reading it in the first place. Fortunately, I have many, many books to read; unfortunately, I have many, many books to read, so I sometimes feel as though I must push aside some titles to try again at a later date. With this one, it just got really, really later.

I love a good quirky book, with sense and nonsense all mixed together; but here, I don’t know when one stops and the other begins. The entire first half of this book is like this; I don’t understand many of the nonsensical bits and how these two halves-of-a-story relate to each other. It almost sounds like a fable. Even when the notes tie the two stories together, there’s so much other stuff going on, in both worlds, that I don’t know what is important and what isn’t. And why I need to know all of this stuff right now. It becomes very exhausting to keep up. Then, somewhere along the line, the plot kicks in. Oh yes, there is one (eventually). And it’s really interesting, and things do get tied up and revealed and etc., but will readers stick around long enough to see? I don’t know. I wouldn’t have come back to this book if I hadn’t promised to review it.

It’s a series, so I may (might) read the sequel, but if it starts off in the same manner, I can’t promise I’ll finish.

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty was published September 18, 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher, the Author and NetGalley.

Rating: 3

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Series
Ages: 13 and up

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