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Parents' Guide to

Out of the Blue

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Angel mystery focuses on mother loss over fantasy.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

I enjoy the most beautiful story and fairy tale children from a very successful story book thank you very much

Is It Any Good?

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This story is well-paced and often satisfying emotionally as a family dealing with loss begins to recover, but leaves much of the fantasy part unexplored. Readers will not know much more about the Beings than they did at the beginning of the story, and they don't seem to do anything alien and cool. There's a character with cystic fibrosis that needs help and, while it may have been a bit cliche to go there, many readers will expect something to happen there.

If you turn your fantasy expectations off -- good luck -- Jaya and Allie are great characters to root for and focus on instead. It's nice to see lesbian teens get the main love story, and for it just to feel like a regular love story. This weaves in well with the struggle of a father to reconnect with his daughters. The full flashback to the mother's death could have come sooner -- there's not much mystery behind what happened by the reveal -- but Out of the Blue still wraps up in a satisfying way. With some supernatural help, the long process of healing for this family has begun.

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