• Charlotte Hope

New Release: Believe

Coming out on August 4; Join Melanie as she faces the truth and learns to stop pretending.

Recommended Ages: 7 - 13

When you have never seen the need to have a friend before, or speak up in class or put yourself into the spotlight, but suddenly find yourself doing all of these things, how would you feel? In Believe by Julie Mathison, Melanie finds herself doing all of this, and she is living the dream. Then her new friend asks about her mother and everything, as the description of the book states, becomes a house of cards, liable to fall down at any second. She must make the journey to stop pretending and learn to move on.

Change is a hard thing, and when you keep pretending that it hasn't happened, it might sneak up on you. In this book, the main character decides to pretend that nothing has happened, and eventually, Melanie pretends so much, she begins to think that it is the reality. Really, you need to accept things that happen even if you don't always like it.

I thought the author left too many things for you to imagine, and I would have liked more clarity. I wasn't sure what was real and what was the character's imagination. I thought I would know by the end of the book, but I still have questions.

That said, I loved Melanie as a character. I liked how she never thought of herself as someone who got bored. She always was willing to try something new, even if it took her a while to feel comfortable. I could relate to it because her school was putting on a production of Peter Pan, and I've also done that. I identified with some other changes too, but you'll have to read the book to find out what those changes were.

I recommend this book if you have recently experienced a significant life change, and you don't know how to deal with it yet. This book showed some insights on what to do and what not to do. Hope you like the book.

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