Parents' Guide to

Things Hoped For

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Teens connect over music and death. Intriguing.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+
Weirs is a way to describe it. It is very slow at the beginning and tends to be designed for girls. The end is fast, confusing and has the grandpa dead in the freezer. The girl also invites in a strange boy and an invisible, naked boy?? It was captivating and implored you to finish, however, it leaves you still asking questions at the end.

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This is a great group discussion book, because Clements only hints at the central meaning of the story, a most unusual trait in a children's book. Is he talking about faith in God? Family? Friends? Oneself? Dreams? They're all here, along with many others and a cast filled with thoughtful, giving characters.

This is a sequel only in that the main character from the first book enters as a supporting player partway through, bringing along the invisibility theme, which is the least interesting plot element here. Of more interest are the details about being a gifted young musician and living in New York. But this is primarily a character- and idea-driven piece, and even when some of the plot elements don't quite make sense, the ideas are intriguingly open-ended, and the characters are warm, real, and moving.

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