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Thin-Space-Jody-Casella-Book-Cover-e1358118312545Reviewed by Alysia George

Twins seem to have a special bond that most people – the singletons of the world – can’t understand. When those twins are identical, that bond is only compounded. To the outside world, they may even seem so connected and difficult to tell apart that it’s like they are one person instead of two. While this might be frustrating at times for the twins, the loss of one twin in a close-knit pair could deeply affect the identity of the surviving twin.

When popular, athletic, and smart identical twins, Marshall and Austin Windsor, are in a devastating car accident, only one of them survives. Since Marshall was the driver, he is overcome with grief and guilt, feeling responsible for the loss of his brother Austin. Faced with losing the identical brother he was so close to his entire life, the teen’s life is turned upside down and inside out. He no longer cares about things that once were important to him, and begins displaying unusual and uncharacteristic behavior.

What no one knows is that Marshall is obsessively searching for something called a thin space. A Celtic myth told to him by an elderly neighbor, a thin space would enable him to slip into the realm of the dead and see his brother one last time to set things right. He befriends a new girl who moves in down the street, convinced that there is a thin space in her home. The new girl, Maddie, is at first just a means to an end. But soon the two develop a friendship, as she embraces the idea of finding a thin space and decides to help Marshall in his quest.

Although Thin Space has paranormal aspects, that is only part of the story. The larger part of the book is Marshall’s journey through grief as he learns to live without his brother. The complicated ruins of his old life, his developing friendship with Maddie, and his unending search for a thin space, combine with an unexpected plot twist to create a dynamic story of personal growth. Thin Space is a touching novel encompassing the nuances of teenage relationships, with an element of mysterious Celtic myths added to make it all the more interesting and compelling. This unique page-turner keeps the reader involved and invested in the outcome right up until the very last line.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Alysia lives in Metro Detroit with her husband and four children. She writes about family life, parenting issues, and other things of interest to her on her blog, Michigal.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon Pulse. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.