Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

Best friends come in all kinds of packages, and every kind bears gifts and challenges. Wendy Wunder's newest book, The Museum of Intangible Things, features two New Jersey high school seniors with plenty of both.

Hannah is capable and self-sufficient with an alcoholic TV weatherman Dad and a mom who has faded since their divorce, while Zoe is a gifted, beautiful girl with a brother who has autism and a bad crush on a rich boy from a private school. Together, they decide it is time to get out of town, with most of the prodding coming from Zoe, during a manic burst.In The Museum of Intangible Things, the girls traverse U.S. highways and tourist destinations at a frenetic pace.

I loved the wild adventurous spirit in these characters, although the dialogue sometimes had the feel of those television programs and movies in which teens talk as though they they are decades older, with lots of literary references and adult insights. Nevertheless, you will root for Hannah and Zoe till the very end, which has a surprising but somewhat understandable twist.

It can be eye opening to read more about teens who manage under difficult circumstances. You may want to read Tumble and Fall, by Alexandra Couts, in which the teens have to deal with an end-of-the-world scenario, or Mud Girl, by Alison Acheson.

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