“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy.
Number of Pages: 368.
Perspective: First Alternating.
Imogene, the tough punk, and Maxine, the sheltered nerd, are an unlikely pair. But their friendship strengthens as they deal with bullies, the resident high school ghost, Imogene’s imaginary friend, unruly faeries, and a dark presence attracted to Imogene’s light. For a complete summary, you can go here.
These are not the cute Tinkerbell type faeries. These are dark and dangerous faeries. The kind that have gone sour from abandonment. I always pictured De Lint’s faeries looking like Brian Froud’s illustrations [that is a different review for a different day.] I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read this book. The first time I read it, I was in middle school. It was the book that transitioned me from middle grade to young adult books. So my love for this book may be slightly biased because of the nostalgia. [I even have Imogene’s swan tattoo as part of one of my tattoos.]
I am not usually into fantasy, but De Lint makes his Urban Fantasy parallel teen struggles and blurs the line between realism and fantasy. I have been slowly adding to my collection of his books. This book is also what started my middle school obsession with all things faerie. It is also my foundation for comparing all other urban fantasy books.
This book was written in 2004, and I feel it has held up pretty well so far. It is a part of the Newfound “series”, but you do not need to read any of the other books before this one. It is just a shared location and reality. It could be a great transition book for people who aren’t really sure about fantasy books. It makes the world of faeries simple to understand. If you want a more complex approach, definitely check out his other books too. Since this is one of my all-time favorites, of course I will recommend it to everyone 12 and up. I also gave it my Best Book Award. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“The thing to remember when you’re writing is, it’s not whether or not what you put on paper is true. It’s whether it wakes a truth in your reader.”