Thursday, February 11, 2021

Review: AMONG THE IMPOSTORS by Margaret Peterson Haddix


Rating: 4/5 stars

Something’s wrong with me when a book written for 8-12 year-olds is more appealing to me as a 25-year-old woman than some of the adult books I’ve read.

I loved Margaret Peterson Haddix when I was younger, and while I read and enjoyed Among the Hidden back then, I never managed to read any more books in the series until now, over a decade later.

I didn’t really enjoy the beginning of Among the Impostors. It starts out with Luke at a new school and he’s constantly being bullied and so much stuff doesn’t make sense, like why are there zero friendly kids, and why are none of the teachers even remotely nice or helpful, and how can they let Luke continue to be bullied and just ignore it. That part read very young and felt rather immature and unrealistic to me. But as I continued reading the story, things started to make more sense, and I started to understand why the school is the way it is and why teachers and students act the way they do. You really have to get through the beginning and get to some of the reveals before you can appreciate and understand why the beginning is the way it is. 

There’s an underlying mystery that starts to surface as well, and Luke gets more comfortable in his new life, and it didn’t feel so unrealistic anymore. And I gotta say, the mystery had me genuinely curious and guessing what would happen, which I appreciated. 

Among the Impostors was highly engaging and I flew through it. Like I stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish it, which I rarely do because I’m never that invested in what I read, apparently. If it wasn’t for the drag at the beginning, this book would be getting five stars. I’m very excited to continue on with the series now and see how Luke’s story progresses. 

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