These Bodies Between Us

Delacorte. Mar. 2024. 336p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593646175.
Gr 9 Up–This is a nostalgic coming-of-age story about four friends who spend their summer together; however, they are each at a crossroads in their lives as they approach senior year. It is narrated by Callie, who sets the wistful tone, recalling the summer where everything changed. She, Talia, and Cleo have spent every summer together since they were 11, each time completing a project. With the addition of Cleo’s new friend Polly, the girls resolve to disappear using a technique Cleo discovered online. Although Callie is skeptical, the others are enamored by the possibility of disappearing, even temporarily, from bad romantic and familial relationships and the confusing, sometimes uncomfortable reality of just existing as a young woman. Although becoming invisible works, they eventually realize that despite this reckless, new freedom, it is getting harder to remain themselves. The real question is, can they agree to give it up or is the temptation too great? This novel evokes a deep, real connection amongst the characters and the genuine hurdles of emerging adulthood. The narrative is well written and feels authentic in its approach to the levels of visibility and invisibility women of any age experience.
VERDICT A beautiful and sometimes haunting narrative that will appeal to readers of both realistic and fantasy fiction.

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