Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Title: The Boy from Tomorrow
Author: Camille DeAngelis
Published: 8. May 2018
Edition: Amberjack Publishing
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Genre: Middle Grade | Historical Fiction | Science Fiction
Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They sleep in the same room, but they’ve never laid eyes on each other. They are twelve years old and a hundred years apart.
The children meet through a hand-painted talking board—Josie in 1915, Alec in 2015—and form a friendship across the century that separates them. But a chain of events leave Josie and her little sister Cass trapped in the house and afraid for their safety, and Alec must find out what’s going to happen to them.
Can he help them change their future when it’s already past?
◄ 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►
The Boy from Tomorrow was simply a heartwarming and charming story. That is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about this book. There is just something wonderful about the friendship formed between a boy and a girl from different times. Anyway, with that being said lets get into more of my thoughts on the book!
The writing style within this book was very easy to fall into. The descriptions painted a nice picture and I could imagine the places where everything was happening easily. Also, the transition between the time periods in the different chapters was done seamlessly. At times the writing did feel a bit simple, but that is due to the fact that this book is a middle grade and it isn’t something that bothered me
(I just wanted to have mentioned it as well).
The main characters were definitely the highlight of this book. I enjoyed following both Alec and Josie and learning more about them. I very much enjoyed their interactions with other characters, but especially with each other. They were very well fleshed out, along with Cassie, Josie’s sister, and their tutor Emily. The secondary characters I found rather lacking and two dimensional. I would have loved for some of them to be more fleshed out, especially the parents.
Another thing that bothered me was the few things that were hinted at in both Alec’s and Josie’s past, but never actually explained or developed – particularly in Alec’s case.
(I can’t go into exact details about this, because of spoilers.) My biggest problem with this book is the time of the story. There weren’t clear breaks within the narrative, it just felt like the events were running together. The made the story feel a bit choppy.
Overall I really liked this book. It was charming and it explored a beautiful friendship with two children from different times. I would definitely recommend you to check this book out, if the synopsis sounds interesting to you! It’s definitely worth the read.