Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Slipping by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Rating: 4 stars

Michael is an average ordinary boy. But when his grandfather that he barely even knew dies something happens to him. Somehow Michael is seeing his grandpa. All of a sudden he'll get really cold and he'll open his eyes and he won't be where he was a minute ago. He'll be in a dark place with his grandfather standing in front of him. His grandpa tells him that he can pull Michael in somehow and show him all of his memories. Because of this Michael is finding out things he never knew before. Like how him and his grandfather always fought and never got along. And that that's why his father is the way he is today.

Of course Michael is freaked out about all of this and has no idea if what's happening is real or just an elaborate dream. A boy at school, Ewan, who is obsessed with the dead because his father is dead tells Michael that what's happening to him is called Slipping and that it's very rare. Michael's art teacher even gives him the number of a very famous psychic and tells him to go see her because even she doesn't believe what Michael is telling her.

He ends up going to see the psychic with his ex best friend Gus, his older sister Julia, Ewan, and Trip (Gus's new best friend). The psychic tells him that what's happening to him is much more serious and dangerous than Slipping and that he should try to stop it immediately before something happens to him. But can Michael really control what's happening or will he end up dead just like his grandfather?

This was a pretty intense story. It was short but very intense. From the very first page I was hooked. What was happening to Michael was totally freaky but cool at the same time. Being able to his grandfather's memories and everything was so awesome. The whole book was very touching along with all of the crazy intense moments. The ending was pretty good. I feel like it could have been a bit longer and the ending gone in to detail a little bit more. But all in all this was a very good book. I hope Cathleen writes another great one soon. =)

Also reviewed for Teens Read Too


Readingjunky said...

Sounds like a good one. I like that communicating with the dead type stuff.

BTW, do you review for I do, too. Small world.

Breanna said...

I always like reading about the dead and things like it as well.

And yes I do review for, it definitely is a small world. =)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Ohhh...this does sound interesting. I like stuff dealing with dead as well. Intense books are nice sometimes. :)