The Museum of Us
by Tara Wilson Redd
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (June 26, 2018)
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: YA Social Issues
Print Length: 288 pages
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.
The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd
We all daydream. We all get caught up in an imaginary “us,” the one who has wonderful adventures, is the side of us no one knows and we aren’t always alone. We may have a partner in our daydreams, someone who makes us brave, sees the best in us and pushes us to new heights. What happens when the lines between fantasy and reality get blurred just a little too much? What happens when we would rather go to our “happy place” rather than face reality?
THE MUSEUM OF US by Tara Wilson Redd is the story of Sadie, and we meet her after a tragic accident has her hospitalized and calling out for her imaginary friend, George and now the very depths of her soul will be exposed and it is terrifying.
As each brittle page is turned, we are witness to Sadie’s deepest fear of exposure, of having the world she goes to taken away, of being told she has “issues.” Deep within Sadie’s mind the truth is there and we can see that to tell that truth causes her to fear losing more than just herself.
Edgy, dark and tumultuous, Tara Wilson Redd’s tale is NOT a read to settle in and cozy up to. It is a tale of the mechanisms we use to cope when we cannot accept or understand life. Prepare to be uncomfortable or unsure in the beginning, but as Sadie begins to sharpen those blurred lines, you will NEED to know the rest of the story. Sadie is truly a mess, yet as we see things from her perspective, we can see that the “help” she is receiving is hitting a brick wall or falling short of finding the key to unlock Sadie’s mind. We will see, along with Sadie that only she has the key.
This isn’t an easy read, but when all layers have been torn back, it will tear at your heart, for both Sadie and her imaginary friend George.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Random House Children's Books!