An Engaging YA Adult Mystery – I’m Nobody The Lost Pages by Alex Marestaing (Book Review)

I’m Nobody

The Lost Pages

Caleb Reed is an agoraphobic obsessive compulsive teenager with a cat named Sylvester as his best friend.  Iris Elliot is an aspiring film maker too busy to keep up appearances for the sake of popularity and fashion.  Caleb is afraid to leave the house let alone form an actual friendship with Iris, but being alone is even scarier.  This is especially true, now that someone has started leaving mysterious notes for him that appear to be originating from the abandoned house across the street.  With great trepidation, Caleb agrees to be the subject of Iris’s newest documentary.  The result is a friendship and narrative sure to please most teenage and adult readers.

The character development is superb.  Despite the character’s many idiosyncrasies and mental illnesses, Marestaing manages to keep Caleb Reed relatable and likable throughout the story.  The plot line is simple, but with such rounded out characters and deep internal struggle any additions would likely be unnecessary and simply muddle the story line.  There are some minor sub plots that simply disappear out of the tale at various points, but this seemed to be more of an artistic choice, rather than an imperfection.  Very minor editorial errors were still present in the pdf version of this book, but were not severe or frequent enough to distract the reader from thoroughly enjoying the masterful prose.

I’m Nobody – The Lost Pages is an appropriate read for most young adults of junior high age.  Younger readers with advanced reading skills will likely also enjoy this book.  The topics of death and dying, possible paranormal activity, and mental illness are present in this novel.  This would be an excellent resource for spurring a student’s interest in Emily Dickson, poetry, and writing mystery or fantasy short stories.  The book would also be an excellent and fun family read aloud for multiple age groups.  This one is going on the save shelf!

About the Book:

We’re all broken on this side of heaven, but we can make beautiful things from the pieces. Agoraphobic Caleb Reed is about to step outside for the first time in seven years, meet indie filmmaker Iris Elliott…and definitely not fall in love. It’s all because of the notes, the weird and wonderful notes he keeps finding on his front porch, notes signed by someone claiming to be long dead poet Emily Dickinson. Caleb’s parents think he’s losing his mind, as always, but he knows they’re wrong. Something’s going on outside – something strange, something terrifying …something beautiful.

Read the EPIC Award nominated novel that critics are saying is “fresh”, “powerful” and “unlike anything” they’ve read. In a world full of anxiety, I’m Nobody: The Lost Pagesis a triumphant tale of faith over fear and one that kids and grown-ups of all ages will love. (A London Book Festival Honorable Mention Winner)

About the Author:

Author Alex Marestaing loves to create. He’s written for media outlets such as The Walt Disney Company, Lego, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, and The Los Angeles Times and has authored three YA novels. His latest, “I’m Nobody: The Lost Pages,” recently won an honorable mention at the London Book Festival and was nominated for a 2014 Epic Award. Though he spends most of his time imagining ideas for the youth market, he’s also written for faith based publications and has covered his favorite sport, soccer, in Europe and the U.S. for Sports Spectrum Magazine and Yanks Abroad. When Alex isn’t writing or speaking at conferences, you’ll most likely find him hanging out in California with his wife, three kids, and Milou, his dog.

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