Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Juv) (November 24, 2009)
Source: Public library
You are more than you think you are.
That is the anonymous message that Beth Michaels receives right before she starts seeing things. Not just a slept-through-my-alarm-clock, late-for-homeroom, haven't-had-my-caffeine-fix kind of seeing things. It all starts with some dots, annoying pink dots that pop up on and over her mom and her best friend's face. But then things get out of control and Beth is seeing people's pasts, their fears, their secrets, their desires. The images are coming at Beth in hi-def streaming video and she can't stop it. Everyone thinks she's crazy and she's pretty sure she agrees with them. But crazy doesn't explain the gold envelopes that have started arriving, containing seeing keys and mysterious tarot cards. To Beth, it all seems too weird to be true. You are more than you think you are? But here's the thing: What if she is?
Have been looking forward to reading this book ever since I first saw it featured in a post by Kristi at The Story Siren. Love the cover! There's just something about it that's really appealing, and it actually has something to do with the story! How often does that happen? :-)
Have read mixed reviews about this one, but I enjoyed it. Beth is a good girl who can be a little mouthy at times. What my grandmother used to call 'fresh'. I loved her attitude, and liked that she wasn't the stereotypical smart girl with all the answers, who meekly follows orders. I could relate to her, and I enjoyed her attitude. She never became obnoxious, which was a nice change of pace.
Why is Beth seeing little pink dots? Are they floaters that her eye doctor can fix with laser surgery? Is Beth mentally ill? And what should she make of the cryptic messages that keep arriving in the mysterious gold envelopes? Rest assured that Jessica explains everything, including the title!
Gave this a 3/5 as I really liked the story, but didn't love it. Overall, the plot was pretty good, and was easy to follow. The only speedbump I hit while reading was the slang that Beth and her friend Shirl used. Seemed a little forced, and I wonder if teens really use those expressions? The slang was the only dialog that didn't ring true for me, but I enjoyed everything else. Was an fun read, mainly because of Beth, and I would definitely read the sequels should it become a series.