Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Book Review: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

After falling in love with Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass, I was eager to read some of her other novels. Of course, there are a lot of books that I am eager to read so it has taken me awhile, but I just finished 11 Birthdays.

11 Birthdays has a plot reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day. Amanda and Leo are born in the same hospital on the same day. Through a series of what seem to be coincidences their parents meet. Then on their first birthday it happens again, and they have a joint party eventually becoming friends. Every year, they celebrate their birthday together.

At their tenth birthday party, Amanda overhears a conversation that destroys their friendship. When their eleventh birthday comes around, the days start repeating, and Amanda needs to figure out the mystery of why so that life can continue as normal again!

Although their are a few twists and turns, for the most part the plot of this book is predictable. It is still a rather interesting plot, and I enjoyed the book a lot, but there was nothing extra to move it up into the exceptional category. This would be a fun book for the intended age range (around 8-13), but I would not recommend it to those who are at a higher reading level or as a read aloud for younger children. There are better things out there.

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