Parents' Guide to

The Great Unexpected

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Romantic tale blends fantasy, reality, family mystery.

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The Great Unexpected is a beautiful puzzle of a book that's revealed piece by piece. In charming and simple yet lyrical language, Creech creates parallels between characters who are at once fantastical and essential to show the ways in which people of every generation are similar and connected. Do three generations of women, in two different countries, all really fall in love with the same boy? Maybe, maybe not, but they certainly all feel love -- and the same brokenhearted disappointments.

This is a sweet, romantic novel with a wonderful mystery that's revealed with care and sensitivity. Creech has written a lovely, old-fashioned sort of book about universal feelings and characters.

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