Book Review: The Museum of Us

Title: The Museum of Us
Author: Tara Wilson Redd
Publisher: Random House
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: June 26th, 2018
Pages: 288
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible

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Book Blurb:

Secrets are con artists: they trick you into letting them out.

Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, the dazzling and passionate George. George, her secret.

When something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for George, her hidden life may be exposed. Now she must confront the truth of the past, and protect a world she is terrified to lose.

My Thoughts:

I should have loved this book – it’s a story about mental illness and I can tell that it’s meant to be a powerful, heart-breaking read. Normally I absolutely love those kinds of stories. But for some reason, this book just didn’t quite “click” for me. The writing was well-done and the plot was unique and intriguing, so it wasn’t anything like that. Although I do want to point out that the blurb is not a good indicator of what the book is actually about. At all. And in retrospect, maybe that was a big factor in why I didn’t like it. I was confused for the first few chapters of the book, trying to figure out what the heck was happening. In fact, I didn’t even realize that this was a book about mental illnesses when I first started reading it! So needless to say, this book was nothing like what I expected.

I also think a big problem for me was that I didn’t really connect with the characters or feel invested in the story. The characters are well-written; I just couldn’t connect with them for some reason, so I stayed pretty emotionally detached throughout the storyline.

On a positive note, I loved all of the Harry Potter references sprinkled throughout the book! Even the chapter titles are Harry Potter themed, which was really awesome.

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Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this book. I can’t point out any real problems with it; I just don’t think it was a good fit for me. But I would still recommend that other people give it a chance, so for that reason, I’m going to give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

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Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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