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I thoroughly enjoyed Stranger I really enjoy novels where the narrative is split between a linked contemporary and historical story where at first the link isn t fully clear and over the course of the novel the linked are unveiled so I was incredibly excited to read this book.The contemporary story is really lovely It follows Megan who has arrived in Canada to celebrate a special family occasion and spend time with her father who she lives hundreds of miles away from While it is supposed to b I thoroughly enjoyed Stranger I really enjoy novels where the narrative is split between a linked contemporary and historical story where at first the link isn t fully clear and over the course of the novel the linked are unveiled so I was incredibly excited to read this book.The contemporary story is really lovely It follows Megan who has arrived in Canada to celebrate a special family occasion and spend time with her father who she lives hundreds of miles away from While it is supposed to be a happy time for her she has a broken heart and a secret which is meaning, whilst she is putting on a brave face underneath it all she s really suffering I really enjoyed she the family dynamic, uncovering her secret and seeing her time in Canada.The historical story is Emmie s story as she discovers a wild boy in the forest and, along with her mother, welcomes into her home despite the reaction it gets from her neighbours I thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspects of the story and also getting into the mystery of who the boy was and why he had ended up as he had and it kept me guessing right through.As the stories develop it is clear that there is a family link between the two and I really loved seeing how that all fit together.All in all a story I fully enjoyed Amazing book, loved it a lot however it took some time for the book to get going and I found some of the characters confusing as I didn t feel they were explored enough and so I couldn t picture or understand them in great detail. Se me ha hecho bola el libro Me ha costado mil acabar el libro No le he pillado el punto a ning n personaje y la historia pues sin m s, la verdad. Two stories One concerning a young boy who is found in the woods in 1904, and the other about a young English girl who goes to visit her grandmother at a particularly turbulent time in her life.The stories of Tom and Megan are, of course, linked but we don t establish how until quite late on Initially the story felt a little slow, but as we start to piece together events and identify links between the two timeframes I found it an absorbing story Both stories explore themes of loss, motherhood Two stories One concerning a young boy who is found in the woods in 1904, and the other about a young English girl who goes to visit her grandmother at a particularly turbulent time in her life.The stories of Tom and Megan are, of course, linked but we don t establish how until quite late on Initially the story felt a little slow, but as we start to piece together events and identify links between the two timeframes I found it an absorbing story Both stories explore themes of loss, motherhood and identity but in quite different ways.Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in advance of publication I enjoyed Stranger a lot It s just the kind of cosy dual narrator, dual timeframe read that you can pass a very pleasant afternoon with, in the ilk of Margot and Me by Juno Dawson but Stranger has the advantage of being set in a country many UKYA readers will know little about Canada rather than one of the overdone time periods, so it immediately feels fresher It s also a brave step for Keren David to approach an untypical genre for her and I am glad she got this book right.I was muchI enjoyed Stranger a lot It s just the kind of cosy dual narrator, dual timeframe read that you can pass a very pleasant afternoon with, in the ilk of Margot and Me by Juno Dawson but Stranger has the advantage of being set in a country many UKYA readers will know little about Canada rather than one of the overdone time periods, so it immediately feels fresher It s also a brave step for Keren David to approach an untypical genre for her and I am glad she got this book right.I was muchengaged in the story of Emmy in 1904 than Megan in 1994 and suspect Emmy s story is the one that came to the author first, with Megan s story slotted around it That s my main reason for not giving Stranger 5 Stars I was never fully engaged by Megan s part of the story and emotional growth, though I enjoyed her investigation into the past It felt a little cold at times and lacked the mystery of Emmy s narrative, plus it included just too many characters her family issues, for example, just felt far too rushed to come alive, as did her relationship with Sam who bar one scene doesn t feature until halfway into the book I didn t dislike Megan, but I never felt I knew her However, I do think including a present day narrative was a good idea but perhaps scaling it back and just having Emmy s great grandaughter invesitgate her past would have worked just as well, and allowedbreathing room.This would have saved spaced for some extra development of Emmy s storyline While I enjoyed getting to know Emmy, Tom, Mr Mitchell and Emmy s mother, I did feel that minor characters such as Sadie and Adam could have done with a littledevelopment There were also a few plot revelations I found somewhat predictable, but that s probably because of the number of these types of books I ve read view spoiler Jesse, Emmy s favoured child, being Tom s son, for example hide spoiler I say all this, but it doesn t really matter Stranger was a compelling, comforting read and a gentle mystery book that left me feeling a little teary at the end I d be very happy to recommend it.On an entirely random, though related note, regarding YA historical dual narratives view spoiler can anyone point me in the direction of one that DOESN T feature a teen pregnancy I don t mind it as a plotline, but it seems so overdone and common by now hide spoiler 4.5 stars A dual narrative across time frames with a connecting element just my sort of plot Very well written with some interesting themes. |Download Book ☨ Stranger ♼ Astor, Ontario A boy staggers out of the forest covered in blood and collapses at the feet ofyear old Emmy While others are suspicious and afraid, Emmy is drawn to him Is he really the monster the townsfolk say he is Astor, OntarioMegan arrives from London for her great grandmother Emmy s th birthday It should be a happy family occasion, but Megan is nursing a broken heart and carrying a secret she fears might consume her I found Stranger to be a thoroughly exciting and engaging page turner The two different narratives are skilfully interwoven across the story to subtly build suspense and allow the reader to connect the dots themselves however, just when they might feel as if they have everything twigged, David adds extra twists, giving the story layers upon layers of details that will keep the reader engrossed until the end With some darker themes, this story would be better suited to children at the top of k I found Stranger to be a thoroughly exciting and engaging page turner The two different narratives are skilfully interwoven across the story to subtly build suspense and allow the reader to connect the dots themselves however, just when they might feel as if they have everything twigged, David adds extra twists, giving the story layers upon layers of details that will keep the reader engrossed until the end With some darker themes, this story would be better suited to children at the top of ks2 and above, but would be fantastic for readers who enjoy mysteries and grittier plot lines The two protagonists, Emmy and Megan, have distinctly different personalities but are both equally relatable The wide range of additional family and friend characters, belonging to both Emmy and Megan respectively, develop throughout the story and alongside the two protagonists themselves, causing the reader to question their initial judgements of them and likewise, what they perceive to be right and wrong I particularly related to some of the family dynamics most enjoying the long distance bond between cousins This is a mature and fantastically clever novel, with great links to history A book which is so very much about mothers, babies and loss Quick and catchy read I finished it in an afternoon but very thin on detail at times There s a chapter that s only three pages long where Emmy and Tom are at a hotel, and suddenly someone shouts FIRE and all of a sudden they re in a line passing buckets of water, and then hurrah they ve saved the hotel And that s literally it In THREE PAGES And it s later mentioned that this was apparently the Second Great Fire of Toronto, which I then had to go and google to find outabout.I did Quick and catchy read I finished it in an afternoon but very thin on detail at times There s a chapter that s only three pages long where Emmy and Tom are at a hotel, and suddenly someone shouts FIRE and all of a sudden they re in a line passing buckets of water, and then hurrah they ve saved the hotel And that s literally it In THREE PAGES And it s later mentioned that this was apparently the Second Great Fire of Toronto, which I then had to go and google to find outabout.I didn t connect with any of the characters either possibly because Megan s view spoiler abortion hide spoiler felt like a convenient plot device, and because Emmy s sections were written by her older self It sounds like she s describing things as they happen, but occasionally there d be a line like nowadays everyone has a car and it would throw me out of the story P.S I don t understand how someone who is 16 in 1904 could be 104 turning 105 in 1994 but I guess it s a woman s prerogative to lie about her age This book was such a good surprise I was a bit on the fence about picking it up the synopsis sounded interesting but the catchphrase a timeless love story made me fear of a cheesy romance novel so I was all thepositively surprised when I discovered what it was truly about.This story follows two timelines the one of Megan, a teenager in 1994 who flies from London to Astor, Canada for the birthday of her great grandmother Emmy, and the one of this great grandma when she was a teena This book was such a good surprise I was a bit on the fence about picking it up the synopsis sounded interesting but the catchphrase a timeless love story made me fear of a cheesy romance novel so I was all thepositively surprised when I discovered what it was truly about.This story follows two timelines the one of Megan, a teenager in 1994 who flies from London to Astor, Canada for the birthday of her great grandmother Emmy, and the one of this great grandma when she was a teenager in 1904 As we get to know the two girls through their respectives points of view, their stories start to link as Megan tries to unravel some secrets from Emmy s past This book gave me some vibes from The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge and Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, both books that I discovered this year and absolutely adored This atmosphere of mystery and family dynamics was sooo captivating, I couldn t put the book down and had to know what had happened I teared up quite a few times and closed the book wanting to immediately shove it into everyone s hands