Unwritten by Tara Gilboy is the sort of book that I wish I’d had when I was a kid. I know, without question, that I would have fallen utterly in love with it to the point that it would be one of those books I look back on and love simply out of nostalgia. But, unlike many of the books I love for nostalgic reasons, Unwritten is actually pretty brilliantly written. Where I can go back and reread some of my favorite books from my childhood and still enjoy them, I’ve definitely noticed that a lot of them are not written as well as they could be. With Unwritten, I genuinely feel that this is not the case. Had I read it as a kid and gone back to reread it as an adult, I feel like I’d still be fairly impressed with it as a novel.
Unwritten is the story of a young girl who realizes that she is a character from a book, has escaped from the book in order to escape a terrible fate that had been written out for her. Her mother had stolen her away in order to keep her alive. One day, when the author of her book is at a nearby bookstore, the girl goes to find her and to ask why the author wrote the book the way that she did. But then when the author is accidentally trapped within her own book suddenly everything they’ve done to escape is at risk.
I enjoyed this book, for sure, and so I think it’s a pretty brilliant one to throwback to. If you’re interested, definitely stop by and read my review and then pop over to Goodreads to add it to your TBR!