The Time Capsule by Lurlene McDaniel

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Stars: ****

This book was read for the Casual Reading Challenge, Young Adult Challenge, Unread Authors, Well-Rounded Challenge and Novella Challenge.

Summary: When they were six, twins Alexis and Adam wrote down what they wanted to be when they grew up, and put it in their teacher’s time capsule. Now entering their senior year in high school and invited to a first-grade reunion, they are surprised to read what they wrote: Alexis wanted to “help people” and Adam wanted to be a fireman. But that was before Adam got sick and their family fell apart. Adam’s leukemia is now in remission, but, sadly, so is the family. The twins’ mother and father are always working. Not only don’t they have time for Alexis and Adam – they don’t have time for each other. Alexis can’t even convince them to take a weekend off to be together as a family. No one is prepared when Adam gets sick again, but this time things are different. Alexis discovers that the predictions they put into the time capsule weren’t so far off the mark.

This book, for ages 12 and up was quite good, although sad at times. It kept my attention. The plot was good although I would have preferred NOT to know that Adam got sick again by the summary. The author did a good job, I think, of portraying what it’s like to have a disease that makes people you thought were your friends, suddenly dissapear.

Lurlene McDaniel has written all kinds of inspirational books featuring death for teens. Personally I think it’s a bit morbid, with titles like: Too Young to Die, Till Death Do Us Part, Time To Let Go, Telling Christina Goodbye etc…. To each his or her own though.
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