The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother) BY DAVID LEVITHAN
Genre: MG, Magical Realism
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.17 stars (goodreads)
Summary: New York Times bestselling author David Levithan takes young readers on a twisting journey through truth, reality, and fantasy and belief.
Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply. . . impossible. But it’s the story Aidan is sticking to.
His brother, Lucas, wants to believe him. But Lucas is aware of what other people, including their parents, are saying: that Aidan is making it all up to disguise the fact that he ran away.
When the kids in school hear Aidan’s story, they taunt him. But still Aidan clings to his story. And as he becomes more of an outcast, Lucas becomes more and more concerned. Being on Aidan’s side would mean believing in the impossible. But how can you believe in the impossible when everything and everybody is telling you not to?
A boy gets lost for 6 days and he comes back he has a mysterious and unrealistic story to tell about where he went. Nobody seems to believe him but his yonger brother who is willing to listening to what he has to say. But was Aidan in a different world for the time he was gone or is he making it all up? And what are the repercussions of his disappering on his family?
I gotta admit that though i wasn’t too interested on the book i picked it up because of the author. I love David Levithan’s writing, so even though the book is a middle grade i thought it could be interesting.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the book wasn’t good, but it fell short aside other books from the author.
The idea is interesting enough, a boy comes back from a different world but nobody but his brother believes it, he tells stories and gets bullied at school, his parents don’t want to know anything about the stories Aidan is “making up” so Lucas, his brother listens.
I loved the dynamics between the brothers, how Lucas didn’t question his brother much and believed him and wanted to know more, when no one wants to hear about a fantasy world Aidan made out. I loved how Lucas helped him, how he was there for his big brother all the steps of the way.
To be completely honest i feel this one story fits perfectly with the Wayward Children Series by Seanan McGuire, and so, it didn’t feel as innovating as i was expecting.
There isn’t much character development in the book, the characters stay as they were from the very beginning.
There is mention of the LGBT+ community, but those are pretty pass by moments, which i think are important because they are just part of life and they don’t always need to be the center of a story sometimes they just happen to be there.
Overall, is an interesting enough book that i did read to the end, so i guess it is engaging enough. I give it 3 stars though in goodreads because i don’t feel it deserves much more.
I appreciate we get a response at the end of the story of whether things happened or not, or maybe we just want to believe it as the characters themselves did?
I recommend it, especially to MG children.