As I sit here after finishing this book, my mind won’t quit reliving this story. It’s a book that will most definitely be getting a second read from me, a book I will be telling others about, a book that resonates.
Clara is running when she meets Elias Phinn on an airplane. A boy she’s never met before but who seems to know her darkest secrets. How can he know these things about her? When she realizes Elias has taken her bag instead of his, she searches him out. The boy who answers the door is not the same one she met on the plane. In fact, the one who meets her at the door doesn’t remember ever meeting her at all. Clara is immersed in Elias’s world–his two worlds. One Elias–the one who seems normal, the one she likes–will disappear and another takes his place–the Elias she has dubbed The Other One, the one who does not live in reality but in a place called Salem. Clara is determined to learn what The Other One knows about her past and agrees to help him on his journey to find what he’s seeking.
And yes I’m being vague in my description of this book because I don’t want to give anything away. This story is one of hope, of love, of mystery, of heartache, of forgiveness, and finally, of acceptance. Through Elias, Clara learns how to love, how to become selfless, how to feel again. And through Clara, readers will be taken on a journey they won’t soon forget.
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