Meet Me in the Middle by Alex Light

Meet Me in the Middle by Alex Light, HarperTeen, 2022. 9780063136175 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Eden’s best friend, Katie, has been in a coma for five months following an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver.  The two had been best friends since 9th grade and planned on attending the University of Toronto together in the fall.  The night of the accident Eden had been kissing Katie’s older brother, Truman.  Now both are wracked with guilt blaming themselves for not being there for Katie.  Eden is barely surviving, working as a very poor waitress and sharing the apartment she should have been sharing with Katie with another girl.  Truman has been painting Katie’s bedroom to look like one is living in the sky and not being able to get on with much else. Will Katie come out of her coma?  Will Eden and Truman be able to overcome their feelings of guilt to be the couple they had wanted to be? This is a very moving story with believable, realistic characters and enough humor to lighten the load.  All characters are presumed white.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This story should have a broad audience.  The characters are easy to relate to; there is suspense and romance with the backdrop of tragedy. Those who like John Green would likely enjoy this one.

Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  August 8, 2022

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