Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Texting Through Time by Christy Monson
When 12-year-old Micah borrows his father's experimental time-travel phone, his hopes for seeing the future are dashed as he and his sister, Alicia, end up trapped in the past at Brigham Young s boyhood home. This book is a fun way for kids and adults to dive into Church history and learn that no matter what time period you are in, God is still aware of you.
When I first requested Texting Through Time, I was under the impression that it was a Christian middle grade novel. If I would have paid more attention to the synopsis, I would have realized that was partially right. The novel is actually a Mormon (or LDS) middle grade novel. Mormonism is a specific type o Christianity. One that I have absolutely no experience with.
Just to be clear, it my fault that I didn't pay closer attention the synopsis. It is not the author's fault at all. However, because I didn't realize what the book was about until I started reading it, I didn't really enjoy it. I have absolutely no knowledge of Mormon culture. I had no idea who the people were that Alicia and Micah were following. There were a lot of references to things that happen in Mormon culture that went over my head. In general, the book left me more confused than anything else.
That being said, Christy Monson is a great writer. Her words flowed eloquently off the page. The plot made me feel nostalgic. It reminded me of a Rugrats book that I loved as a kid when I first learned how to read. In the Rugrats book, the babies went back in time to help George Washington, another important historical figure. If Christy Monson ever writes a non-LDS book, I will be first in line to buy it. Sadly, from this experience, I have learned that LDS books are not for me.
I give Texting Through Time: 2/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.