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The Boy on Cinnamon Street

The Boy on Cinnamon Street - Phoebe Stone 3.5 starsSometimes to get the best reading experience you just need to go into a book with no expectations what so ever. That way when you fall for the book so hard and fast it leaves you with an unforgettable reading experience. Show me a pretty cover and I go weak at the knees; I want the book straight away without even reading the blurb. That’s what I did with The Boy on Cinnamon Street, I saw the gorgeous cover and decided spur of the moment to buy a copy. So when picking it up I was surprised to find the mc was quite young, my fault really for not reading the blurb, I prefer my mc’s a little older, so I did at first find it hard to get with the mindset of Louise or Thumbelina as she preferred to be called, but I’m glad I stuck it out, as Louise bloomed into this lovely character with such a mature head on her shoulders. Reading the first third I assumed the book would be about a young girl with a school boy crush, and it did seem that the book was going in that direction. Some Random person leaves Louise a note declaring his interest, the note seems to appear at the same time the pizza delivery boy Benni McCartney does, so Louise puts two and two together and assumes it’s him. With encouragement from her best friend Reni she decides to pursue Benni anonymously.It was cute seeing Louise’s infatuation with Benni develop, she was unsure what these weird feelings she started experienced recently were all about, as the only person she’d liked before was Frosty the Snowman! Despite liking this aspect of the story, I enjoyed the direction the book took about a third way through. Were given all these little clues and hints about Louise’s life; she’s living with her grandparents, but why? Why did she move in with them, she mentioned a mum and dad but where are they? And it was interesting delving into the mystery surrounding Louise’s life. I wanted to know why she’d given up gymnastics, a sport she’d been so passionate about but also really talented at. Stone in my opinion did a fantastic job at exploring this, with her own personal touch, she was able to bring about such a bittersweet and realistic story of Louise tinged with humour and hope.The Boy on Cinnamon Street was definitely a book which took me by surprise. If you’re in the mood for trying something different; a story with the voice of a younger mc but still manages to leave a heartfelt impression, then you should definitely give this book a try. There’s also a fantastic bunch of secondary characters who will keep you entertained! This review can be found on: The Readers Den