Doll Bones by Holly Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Zach, Alice and Poppy enjoy making up adventure packed and daring stories while they play with their dolls, action figures and cardboard props. It's something they really love to do, something that's a fundamental part of their lives and who they are. Then, Zach's action figures go missing and he decides to stop playing all of a sudden with no explanation. Consequently their lives and friendship dramatically change for the better or worse.
I loved the writing in this book. It put me through a very strong range of emotions, from pure anger (and eye-rolling) to awkward laughter. At times I disliked the book so much because of situations younger me could identify with. Although to be honest, I had to make myself stop and reflect on why I was feeling that way to finally come to said conclusion.
Of all the characters, I disliked Poppy the most because I used to have a friend like her.
I found the fact that the story remained with one foot in contemporary and the other in magical realism/mystery utterly confusing and seriously annoying. And yet I still couldn't help but like it and I guess that says a lot.
This is a emotionally packed coming of age story about what growing up means to three kids who have been friends since a very young age. It is definitely NOT a creepy/scary book. If you know of a kid transitioning from childhood into teen-hood I highly recommend this as a very discreet birthday present (both boy and girl).