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If You're Reading This

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If You're Reading This

Mike has a lot on his mind. He does well in school, but he also has to work a lot to help out his mother, Ever since his father was killed in Afghanistan, life has been difficult. His mother is too afraid to even let him play football, and the atmosphere in their run down house is tense. When Mike receives a letter which his father wrote before he died, and which promises more letters to come, he is glad to get to know his father better, but also stressed by all of the old wounds the letter reopens. He takes the challenges his father makes --- going out for football, going to a party and asking out a girl named Isma --- but this puts him more and more at odds with his mother. He even experiences difficulties with members of the football team over Isma, whose parents came from Afghanistan. Will Mike decide to follow his dad’s advice, or will he go with his gut? Will Mike and Isma become a couple? Will Mike’s mom find out he’s playing football?               

The voice of this narrator drew me in from the very first page. Michael is so real and so honest about everything

The voice of this narrator drew me in from the very first page. Michael is so real and so honest about everything, especially in his moments of confusion. For me, it was Michael's voice that kept me turning the pages until I found myself finishing the book the same day I started it. Trent Reedy did an excellent job of telling the story of Mike trying to take care of his sister and widow mother.

Reviewed by Trevor P., Teen Board Member on August 27, 2014

If You're Reading This
by Trent Reedy

  • Publication Date: August 26, 2014
  • Genres: Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
  • ISBN-10: 0545433428
  • ISBN-13: 9780545433426