Saturday, November 17, 2018
Let's Pretend We Never Met, by Melissa Walker
The tone is sweet and ultimately affirming. The characters, while different, are ultimately supportive. The message: regardless of age and situation, we all need to be validated and be included in social circles. There's this lovely phrase -- "She knows things" -- that keeps cropping up throughout the book for different characters. It's part of an overall approach to the characters: as much as children and adults like to pretend that the other one does not understand, we all basically do. As a direct result, little of the plot is driven by ignorance, even though often the characters hold back on saying things that might hurt, simply out of kindness.
Walker, who writes pretty decent YA books, transitions to middle readers quite well, producing a sweet simple story that leaves you feeling good (albeit with a few tearful hugs along the way).