Review: Emily’s House by Natalie Wright
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Emily’s House is the debut novel by Natalie Wright. It is about fourteen year old Emily’s unexpected quest to learn all about who she really is and to save the modern world. Her journey begins when she gets a very surprising visit from a creature of a different world.
Emily is joined by her two very best friends, Jake and Fanny who also are taken aback by the unexpected guest. Emily always knew she was different form being able to hear all her mother’s thoughts to being able to see visions whenever she touched another person. She is very unhappy with her home life and that is a big part in her definition to leave home and go on this unusual journey.
Overall, I really did enjoy reading this young adult novel. I liked the main characters and watching the protagonist Emily grow, learn, and change throughout the story. I especially liked the chapters with her mentor Madame Wong and several scenes reminded me of “The Karate Kind” (both the original and the more recently re-made versions).
I gave Emily’s House a rating of 4 out of 5 stars because while I really enjoyed most of the book, I felt that the ending could have been expanded on a bit more. But that the last third or so of the book felt rushed. I also wasn’t so fond of the more “metaphysical/philosophical” portions as I felt that was perhaps too abstract and complex for the typical young adult audience. That said, I did think it was a very good story that kept my attention and made me want to continue reading to find out how the story would end.
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