Just a warning to adults who intend to read this book: it’ll almost certainly have you in bits.
Reimena Yee has created a wonderful story about growing up, or rather the anxieties about growing up as life begins to change within and without. It’s about that time in a child’s life when they are aware of the pressure to set aside childish things, but don’t feel quite ready to leave them behind. When pre-teen Laura holds a seance, she meets Alexa, a child ghost who haunts her house, and who was actually her imaginary childhood friend. Unlike Lora and her friends, Alexa never grew up, and so Lora sees a kindred spirit in her. This book is really something, a beautiful ode to letting go that tackles the subject with sensitivity and tact.