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Author: Reynolds, Jason
An inspirational letter written to the dreamers of the world.
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 8.30
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 77143
School Library Journal (+) (04/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2018 Reynolds shares this letter-poem, written several years ago, in the hope that it will encourage readers to continue reaching for their own dreams. “This letter is / being written / from a place of raw honesty / and love / but not at all / a place of expertise on / how to make your / dreams come true.” He admits that he hasn’t yet reached his goals, which frustrates him and causes him to reevaluate his definition of success. But he vows to keep trying. He addresses everyone—not just “creatives”—and encourages jumping right in no matter how late in life. He concludes that he “will keep looking / until I find that beast, / that thing that bit me / when I was young,” and challenges others who find truth to “keep it close.” Although not illustrated, the layout makes use of various typefaces and font sizes, which helps to emphasize certain words and phrases. An inspirational piece from a master writer, this is a book to read and share with others. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Award-winning Reynolds has an avid following that will want to get their hands on anything he writes. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 Gr 7 Up—Reynolds dedicates this lyrical masterpiece "to the dreamers, to the courageous, and everyone who wants to be," though in his author's note he admits the book-length poem began as a letter to himself "to keep from quitting." He writes "from a place of raw honesty/and love/but not at all/a place of expertise on/how to make your/dreams come true." This same humility and vulnerability permeates the entire work. Reynolds intersperses his own internal battles and unattained hopes as he validates the compulsion to achieve big goals, but that the slog toward them (rather than "making it") may be all there is (and maybe that's enough). The book's unconventionality, tone, spirit, and design will remind Reynolds' most dedicated fans of his first book, My Name Is Jason. Mine, Too: Our Story. Our Way. The notion that even a successful author can doubt themselves will be revelatory to teens. Those seeking a neatly packaged graduation gift book littered with platitudes would be wise to look elsewhere; this latest from Reynolds will challenge readers and undoubtedly inspire, comfort, and validate anyone aspiring to make or do, especially those who have a long road ahead of them. VERDICT A powerful and affirming book-length poem for teens.—Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.