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At thirteen years old, she’d long lost that precious, relentless optimism reserved almost exclusively for young people. She’d no sense of whimsy, no interest in decadence, no tolerance for niceties.

Whichwood is the first book I’ve read by Tahereh Mafi.

Why did I start with a 2nd book to a series and why have I not read Shatter Me yet, you might ask?

I have two reasons:

  1. I was craving for a middle-grade book. Sometimes, to get out of a reading slump or lazy-to-read mood, you have to pick up a simple and easy to read book.
  2. I really like the synopsis of this book! “…destined to spend her days scrubbing the skins and souls of the dead in preparation for the afterlife,” — who wouldn’t want to read about a 13-year-old girl with that kind of job??? Right?

To answer your question why I haven’t read Tahereh Mafi’s more famous series, I already have. I’ve read the first book to that trilogy after I read Whichwood. Only because I fell inlove with Tahereh Mafi’s writing style. I don’t know how to describe it, but know that I am not a fan of overly flowery descriptions and words. I like them simple and precise like my book reviews. But for some reason, she made me appreciate her writing because it goes so well with the story she is telling. It made the whole reading experience so much better!

I started with this particular book because for the longest time, I was adamant on not reading Shatter Me trilogy. I heard the main character was annoying as heck and I really have no time for main characters like that. But I have read it and I will write a review on the entire trilogy once I finish reading all 3 of the books.

As for Furthermore (book 1 of this particular series), I didn’t read it because I wasn’t interested with the story. Also, people who’ve reviewed the book mentioned that Alice, the main character in that book, can get annoying. So nope. Unfortunately, Alice appeared in Whichwood and I have witnessed how melodramatic and annoying the kid is. I very much prefer Laylee.

But Laylee had little patience for sadness, and though deep down she felt a great deal of pain, she much preferred to be angry.

This book had a lot of lessons on how one should appreciate the people and things around them lest the day arrives where these are taken away from you. It also focuses on how people can’t really live angry all the time and push people away because everyone needs somebody. Friends are as important as family — they are family that you get to choose for yourself.

The magic system, although not entirely elaborated, was very beautiful. It left me thinking how much I would love to learn more about “mordeshoors”, the people with the responsibility and ability to clean the dead physically and spiritually in order for them to move on to the afterlife. Failure to undergo care of the mordeshoors will result in very nasty consequences. Laylee learned that the hard way.

This book was definitely one of my favorite reads of 2017 and I am sure that no matter what your age is, you will enjoy this book because it has a little of something for everyone. Also, the cover is beautiful!

Rating: 4 stars

Book Details:

Paperback,360 pages
Published November 2017
Dutton Books for Young Readers

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