Meet Me in the Middle

HarperTeen. Jul. 2022. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780063136175.
Gr 8 Up–Light has done it again—this is a great YA contemporary romance. Eighteen-year-old Eden is a Portuguese girl newly living and working in Toronto for a few months before her freshman year in college begins. This was always the plan for her and her best friend, Katie (white). However, plans change one tragic night when Katie is injured in a car accident that leaves her in a coma. Now, five months later, Katie is still in a coma, and Eden is riddled with guilt and sadness because she was with her secret crush, Katie’s brother Truman (also white) when the accident occurred. She and Truman haven’t seen or spoken to one another since everything happened, and now, after a mysterious absence, Truman is back. Eden doesn’t know how to deal with his return or how to live her life without Katie by her side. This story focuses on the trauma and grief experienced when someone suffers a loss, made unique because the person being mourned is neither dead nor alive, but in limbo. Readers are privy to both Eden’s and Truman’s points of views as they attempt to navigate their mixed feelings about themselves, each other, and Katie’s fate.
VERDICT The writing is heartbreakingly beautiful. Readers will immediately be drawn into this interestingly painful journey as the characters try to find their way out of the darkness, alone and together.

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