Book Review

Unwritten – Tara Gilboy



Book Title: Unwritten


Author: Tara Gilboy

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  10/16/18

Star Rating:  gold stargold stargold starempty starempty star –  Very good middle grade fantasy

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Unwritten is a very good middle grade fantasy book.  I don’t usually take middle grade books, but sometimes if something catches my eye I will pick one up to see if it’s a book I can pass on to my 10 year old girl.  I think she might like this one.  It has definite draw for a kid who likes books and reading, which mine does.

Twelve year old Gracie is a kid with an interesting past.  She is actually a character in a book.  Her parents had run away from the book into our world many years earlier. Gracie knows about her past but she is still so curious about where she came from that she seeks out the author of her story.

I think there are a few things that are quite good about this story. Firstly, it deals a lot with how a young girl can learn to fashion her own sense of self apart from whatever expectations may have been placed on her.  Can we each make our own stories or are we locked into one particular ending?  It gives a girl a lot of autonomy to understand that she is the author of her own fate and I think this is a valuable lesson to learn. Gracie also learns a lot about how to deal with her emotions. Anger and frustration are difficult to manage at that age.  I think it’s hard for kids to know how to experience their anger and not feel like a “bad person”. It’s a confusing time, but the love of her family, friends and her own resilience enables her to overcome the obstacles she finds in the book world.

It’s a quick and easy read. I think I’ll probably pass it on to my daughter and see what she thinks about it.  I have a feeling she’ll like it.  At her age I would have.

Song for this book: Lullaby – Dixie Chicks



One thought on “Unwritten – Tara Gilboy

  1. Great review, Crystal! I will have to read this if only for the first message you point out: “how a young girl can learn to fashion her own sense of self apart from whatever expectations may have been placed on her.” This is a message I see sorely missing from MG books. Perhaps my niece will love this one too?! I’d love to hear what your daughter thinks. 🙂

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