Monday, March 7, 2011
Mind Gap, by Marina Cohen- Review
Jake is a confused 14 year old kid. Gambling, starting to get caught up with gang members, drinking, all the signs of a teen gone wrong. And then he gets a text for a party on a subway. But when a 1950's subway car pull into the station that appears to have his party on it, Jake couldn't possibly guess where this "party" is headed.
A fast paced mystery, Marina Cohen's tale jumps back and forth between the past and the future in a way not unlike scrooges adventures, except modernized. I liked the way her story rotated around a very small number of characters and shows how even seemingly small choices effect all of them in, sometimes, significant ways.
The one thing I would have liked more of though, was the explanation about Jake's father. I either missed something or it wasn't fully explained, because I didn't understand what had supposedly happened to him after he disappeared, and why. Other than that it was a well thought out book and an excellent example of a thriller for Middle school readers.
Mind Gap, By Marina Cohen
Published by Keystone (Dundurn Press), February 2011
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Copy of Mind Gap generously provided by Dundurn Press