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Last Things

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dark and light battle over teen guitarist in thrilling tale.

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Jacqueline West's vivid, page-turning fantasy features a Minnesota teen guitarist who may have inadvertently sold his soul -- and the unlikely light warriors trying to keep the dark forces at bay. Two narrators -- Anders, the guitarist, and Thea, his oddball classmate who's quite a bit more than she seems -- are complex, relatable, and trying to do the right thing in a world full of invisible powers at play in the everyday world. Along the way, there are many emotional punches, like this one:

"But they aren't my band anymore.

"I still can't wrap my head around this. It's like learning your mom isn't actually your mom, and that she'll never be hugging you or helping you with anything again, and she'd really like it if you moved out of her house ASAP."

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