The Museum of Us
By Tara Wilson Redd
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
A story full of love, secrets, and scandal, THE MUSEUM OF US asks the question what would you do for love? Offering romance and mystery and tackling the subject of mental illness, this debut novel from Tara Wilson Redd is both beautifully written and heartbreakingly real in her portrayal of a teenage girl dealing with trauma in the only way that she can.
Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, the dazzling and passionate George. George, her secret. And, when something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for George, her hidden life may be exposed. Now she must confront the truth of the past, and protect a world she is terrified to lose.
A novel exploring identity, truth, fantasy vs reality, and stories: the ones we run from, those we escape into, and the ones we tell ourselves, THE MUSEUM OF US is perfect for fans of Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer and Falling into Place by Amy Zhang.
“This is an impressive debut novel and an author to watch.” – School Library Journal
“In a story of heartwrenching goodbyes and brave new beginnings, Redd offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a troubled teen as she begins the healing process.” – Publishers Weekly
“Redd’s debut novel strikes a tender, poignant, and ultimately positive chord in its depiction of a young woman with delusions, joining a welcome trend in books both normalizing open conversations about and promoting wider acceptance of mental illness.” —Booklist
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The Museum of Us for an honest review.
The Museum of Us is beautifully written, raw and powerful. The dreams that she has that are not alone, this escape has helped Sadie to deal with trauma and not feel alone. The problem is does she know George isn’t real.
Sadie is in a car accident and her life is turned upside down. Her secret is threatened to be revealed. She has a friend that no one can know about or she could lose him forever.
Will Sadie’s secret friendship be revealed? Will Sadie decide to live in her fantasies or deal with her trauma? You have to read to find out!
The Museum of Us was an unexpected read, I got so much more than I planed on. It deals with mental health issues in a thoughtful, compassionate way. I would definitely recommend and I am giving it 4 out 5 stars.
Tara Wilson Redd, a graduate of Reed College, grew up all over the United States, including in St. Louis, Seattle, and Central Oregon. An impenitent dilettante, she is interested in everything, but especially language, travel, and animals. When she is home from her adventures, she lives in Washington, DC, where she works in libraries. The Museum of Us is her first novel. Visit her online at tarawilsonredd.com.
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