Thin Places by Lesley Choyce
Published August 22, 2017 by Dundurn
Genres Fantasy, YA
One day, Declan Lynch, a regular teenager, starts hearing a girl’s voice inside his head. Eventually, he even begins to see her. Though he’s not certain the girl, Rebecca, is real, Declan finds himself falling for her. She shows him visions of places and people he has never seen — places he feels compelled to find in hopes of meeting her. His quest takes him to County Sligo, Ireland, and its “thin places,” spots where the earth and the spirit world seem almost to touch. His slightly crazy Uncle Seamus takes him in, as Declan’s search has him wondering which world he belongs in — his, or the one belonging to a girl who might not even be real.
The main character, Declan Lynch is a 16 year old of Irish decent who while living in the US starts hearing the voice of a girl, Rebecca, in his head. And eventually he can also see her as well. Rebecca begins showing him things such as beaches, mountains and other places and people that he has never before seen. Declan begins to fall in love with Rebecca even though he is not sure she is real or what she actually is. Declan comes to believe that he must find these places and people that Rebecca has shown him, hoping that will bring him to her.
This is the first verse novel that I have read in quite a while and although I find it a bit hard to read at times, I did enjoy this book. It is fairly short at 170 pages and because of the style, there are some pages that don’t contain a great deal of text. I can’t say that I really connected with Declan very much as a character. That may be because he is a 16 year old boy or because I am not used to reading shorter novels where we don’t get much time to get to know the character. I did find the story to be quite interesting and different from what I normally read. And there is a bit of Celtic folklore that made the story a more interesting. I did really enjoy the ending of this book and liked how things ended between Declan and Rebecca. Overall, a quick read with an interesting style of writing and an engaging story mixed with folklore and mythology.
Thank you to the publisher, Dundurn, for sending me an advanced reading copy of this book.