This book is very much geared toward young adults, but I confess that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a step away from my usual reading in that it's realistic fiction rather than fantasy or dystopian, and I probably never would have picked it up, but I won it in a drawing. So glad I did! There's a smidgeon of something that could almost be called a love triangle, but it's so mild and sweet that I'm not going to count it as one.
I enjoyed Masi, and I really felt for her throughout the story. Her interactions with other characters always felt real to me, as did her internal monologue. Also, I loved that her family ran a bakery (who doesn't like to read about cookies and bread?) and were neither losers nor perfect. It was all easy to follow and relatable.
The only downsides I found was that although most of the book was full of beautiful, simple prose, there were times when it fell into short, awkward, sentences in list-like paragraphs. I also found myself doubting the construction of the pyramid. It seemed like things went too smoothly and quickly, and sometimes it was huge, and then other times the kids did things like brush the walls with a sealant in the space of a morning. It seemed like it should have taken days, not to mention scaffolding. I noticed maybe four typos/missing words in the entire novel, which is pretty amazing. These things took me out of the story a few times, but it was nothing to keep me from recommending the book. It's a bit on the pricey side, $6.99, so I recommend reading the sample before you buy. I don't want anyone coming after me for their seven bucks because they bought it on my recommendation and then didn't like it.
Sexual Content: Just an innocent crush or two and a little sweet kissing.
Overall Message/Plot: Wonderful. Messages about working together, learning to understand people who aren't easy to like, perseverance, and taking initiative. The plot sounded strange to me, and put me off of reading it at first, but it makes sense and kept me reading.
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