to end, but you aren't sure if it will happen the way you want it to, and you spend the next 400 pages just trying to go along for the ride, begging the characters to get it right? That was 100% this book for me.
Right from the word go I wanted the absolute world for Isaac- I wanted him to see himself the way other people saw him, I wanted him to realize that he already was the person he was aiming to be, and that he already has what he's looking for. Fortunately for all of us, Issac isn't in fact perfect and manages to royally screw up several things in a way that only teenagers have managed to perfect. It's messy and chaotic, and I can say with the 100% certainty of someone who works with teenagers every day, its super accurate.
Everyday I look at kids and think "How are you missing this? How do you not see what's going on here?" and then I remember that they are teenagers and not always in their right minds and definitely not thinking clearly. Right Where I Left You nails this feeling- I looked at Issac and his friends the same way I see my students- you just want them to figure it out and find that happy place. Maybe not happy ever after, because forever's a long time, but you want them to get out of their own way long enough to enjoy the here and now. Every mistep had me shaking my head (and maybe yelling at the pages) and every win had me cheering.
I refuse to spoil this book, so I'll leave it there, and end by saying that a book is a journey and this story and Issac's journey is a great one. I can't wait until everyone else gets to come along for the ride.
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