Wrist Roses and Glass Pumpkins: When the Moon Was Ours

IMG_9154.JPG“As far as he knew, she had come from the water.”

Yes, I’ve been gone for more than a month again. Why? Well, this and that, but mostly SCHOOL. Anyway, enough complaining. Today let’s talk about the gorgeous When the Moon Was Ours. This book guys. It’s just so magical, both literally and in terms of the writing.

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From Goodreads: To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

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First of all, I must admit that I’ve always had trouble with magical realism. It just feels kind of weird for me to read a book that is almost contemporary but then has elements of magic sewn in. However, this book may have changed my mind. The thing about magic realism is that it’s simply stated in such a straightforward manner and that kind of took me aback. It did take me a little bit longer to get into the story, so I took a star off for the pacing, but by the middle of the book I was already enraptured by the story. This was mostly because the writing in this story was simply captivating, and I couldn’t put the book down. The plot of the story was relatively straightforward, and although there were a few twists and turns, for the most part the book was much more character driven. Miel was a complete mystery in the beginning of the book, but as the story progressed, I realized more and more that she is just a girl like me, albeit with a lot more courage. Sam had so many struggles and yet he was always so sweet, so thoughtful.

One of the most important things about this book is the diversity. This book, putting aside the magic, is at its heart a story of friendship and love between a Pakistani-American transgender boy and a Latina girl. Their identities are never brushed aside, but never the only identifiers either. They are explored on page in a way that is beautifully integrated into the story, and I think to see this so well done, especially in YA book, is extremely important and a gift.

I know today’s review is really short, but I’m still kind of getting back into the swing of things. Top Ten Tuesdays is on a hiatus, so tomorrow will be a review of Holding Up the Universe!

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2 thoughts on “Wrist Roses and Glass Pumpkins: When the Moon Was Ours

  1. Alyssa says:

    This sounds absolutely lovely. What I’ve found with magical realism is that when it’s done well, it’s the best thing ever; when it’s not done well, it’s just confusing and weird and throws off the entire story. I’m glad to hear that this one works! Thanks so much for sharing your review, I’m super intrigued by this book!

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