In a World Just Right, by Jen Brooks (book review) – real world, dream world, merging?

book cover of In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks published by Simon Schuster Books for Young ReadersLone survivor,
out of a coma and so alone,
inventing worlds that become reality.

Imagine losing your whole family in a disaster, growing up with scars inside and out, desperately imagining worlds where things turned out better – and being able to step into those worlds completely!

Jonathan has so much to overcome that he invents a world where his most beautiful real-world classmate loves him unconditionally, then loses track of which world he’s in, setting both worlds on a collision course.

Where’s the line between escaping into fantasy and escaping from reality?

Book info: In a World Just Right / Jen Brooks. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. [author site]  [publisher site]  Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: Surviving a plane crash that claimed his family, scarred loner Jonathan has created another world where he’s popular and beautiful Kylie is his girlfriend – so why does real-Kylie suddenly know things about his other life?

After his coma, Jonathan came to live with his uncle whose wife and unborn child also died in the crash. As a teen, he discovers that he can create worlds and escape into them, truly walk in and live there! So naturally, he makes Kylie-is-my-girlfriend world and spends so much time there as a track star and fun boyfriend that his absences from real school hours may keep him from graduating.

But when he mistakes real-Kylie for girlfriend-Kylie and approaches her in their real high school, things start to get blurry. The real girl actually talks to him in creative writing class, then shares ‘memories’ that only exist for girlfriend-Kylie! Confessing that she feels drawn to him like a magnet, real-Kylie starts spending time with Jonathan – bliss!

An intruder in his uncle’s house looks like his deceased little sister, if Tess had gotten to grow up. She claims to be a ‘world-maker’ too and says that Jonathan must take drastic measures to keep real-Kylie from suffering because he’s mixed up his worlds!

Stay with the Kylie he created along with the world where he’s a star?
Muddle through in the real world with summer school as Kylie leaves for college?
Find a way to do both without losing everything?

Life, death, love, imagination, poetry, and consequences – if Jonathan could only discover how to be with real Kylie In a World Just Right. (One of 6,000 books recommended on

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