Things Hoped For
by Andrew Clements (2006)
meh. Liked a big part of the book, might have liked the other part of the book if it wasn't so rudely crammed in with the better part. This is the story of an author that tells a cool story then writes another book and thinks no one will read it unless it tells that same story over again. Actually it's an interesting story of a girl worrying/studying/practicing to get into a great music school and her aging (then missing) grandfather. It's about dreams, hard work, sacrifice, family. It shouldn't be about a creepy invisible English voyeur, but that gets shoved into the book and takes away from the power of the real story's ending. I'm told creepy spy Brit is part of the next book, but he certainly didn't fit in here.
I would still recommend this book -- music/jazz, Yeats and Wordsworth, New York, higher learning, and a thought-provoking solution that can be food for great discussion/debate.