I finished Liar & Spy last week and can now announce my official crush. How does anyone write back-to-back books that good? If you haven't read When You Reach Me or Liar & Spy, please do yourself a favor and add them to your must-read list. In either order.
What I love about Rebecca Stead's writing is her ability to think in beautiful metaphor and interweave complicated metaphor throughout the story with ease. I love stories with intricate personal stories of redemption, tied to together so innocently with laugh-out-loud humor. Stead also understands how to propel a story, taking the reader on a curiosity ride to the very last page. When I finished both books, I had the immediate urge to flip to the first page and reread. After the last page, she gives you new eyes for the story as a whole. That's talent.
I'm not going to give you a brief synopsis or a limited recap. Go into this one totally blind. I think books are best that way. I even try to avoid reading the back cover blurb and jacket flap. When reading A Bridge to Teribithia, this tactic led to much unexpected sobbing. But, still, I stand by my methods.
All I can say is Bravo to Rebecca Stead. She reminds me of all that I love about the art of story crafting.