If you’re looking for a quick, easy read, look no further. If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy is about a 15 year old boy named Michael. Michael lost his father in the war in Afghanistan when he was seven, but something strange is happening. About two weeks before his 16th birthday, Michael begins receiving letters from his father that he would only get if his father died in the war. The letters explain things his dad didn’t have time to talk about before he left, and the letters give Michael specific goals to complete.
If You’re Reading This is a great book to read when you are sitting around the house on a rainy day, looking for something to do. I think that many middle and high school students can relate to what goes on in the book. Reedy used a writing style that was very easy to read, and I would read it over and over. The one thing that I disliked about this book is that there was an occasional foggy spot that didn’t make sense until you read further, which hooked you in and didn’t let go! Make sure you read this book on a weekend, because I’m sure you will be up late at night reading.
One of the memorable things in this book is when things finally start working out for Michael, which just goes to show that there is always a light at the end of a tunnel.
Reviewed by John, grade 7, Dumbarton Area Library