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Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Evie’s mother has recently died, and her only relative, her Uncle Scott, has gained custody. Completely overwhelmed and not sure she can handle yet another change, Evie is not thrilled with the decision. It’s bad enough to lose your Mum, but all her friends, her life, everything she knows is in Dublin, and Scott, although willing, is unfamiliar. Scott’s amiability and true understanding for Evie are highlighted when he gets her to do a “trial run”, and if, after the summer she hates New York, she can come back to Dublin to stay with her Godmother. Off to the Upper West side, Evie and Scott start to feel their way along in this new relationship. There’s just one problem, Scott’s girlfriend Leela, who isn’t thrilled with the interloper that will challenge her demands on the limited time that the busy veterinarian has free. When you add in Evie’s grief, Scott’s struggle to keep her engaged and involved, and not ignore his relationship while managing a practice, there are plenty of engaging elements to keep the story moving forward. On the whole, I found Evie engaging and solidly voiced, while she worked through her grief she did find many intriguing and new things, and animals galore – from exotic (Iguanas and snapping turtles) to ordinary dogs and cats. Well developed, you can see the city through Evie’s fresh eyes, and understand her needing to keep busy as she deals with her grief. Adults are also more than just window dressing, her relationship with Scott and the conflicts with Leela feel honest and are well-spaced: not too much acting out or angst. The showdown at the end, combined with Evie’s own guilt over some situations with Scott bring her to the cliffhanger… will she stay in New York, or return to Dublin. Wonderfully paced, easy to read, and quite appropriate for 10 year olds and up, this story delicately balances the concept of grief and loss with the ordinary exuberance of a curious 12 year old in the midst of changes, and is a wonderfully clever read. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.