Kid Konnection: Remarkable
Everyone in the town of Remarkable is, well, remarkable, except for Jane Doe and her grandfather John. No one has time for Jane because everyone’s so busy pursuing their talents. All the students in Remarkable attend the gifted school, except for Jane. She is the lone student at Remarkable’s public school until the Grimlet twins are suspended from the gifted school and forced to join her there. The twins’ schemes cause a lot of chaos, reveal long held secrets, and help Jane realize her strength.
I started Remarkable, by Lizzie K. Foley, with high hopes that were probably unrealistic, so I was a little disappointed. I thought the premise sounded fun, and it is, for a while, but I got tired of some of the silliness about half way through. At times, it felt like the book was trying too hard to be whimsical. Young readers may not feel that way, though.
I think the thing that bothered me the most about the book was that while everyone was extraordinarily talented, they were also extraordinarily self absorbed and looked down on others who didn’t share their talent. Maybe that was the point of the book – to show young readers that a lack of compassion isn’t attractive. Jane does figure some things out, but it seemed to me that her talent wasn’t appreciated like it should have been.
Even though I didn’t love this book like I’d hoped to, I think it might appeal to young readers more than it did to me – I have a feeling I’m too old to really get it. I did appreciate Foley’s writing and think she has a talent for whimsy, so I look forward to reading her next book.
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