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Grades 9 - 12Grades 2 - 5n/a4.358763

When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pullout off the highway, so maybe someone snatched him. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it may be true. So as long as Tommy's whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere.
Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy, Evidence of Things Not Seen by award-winning author Lindsey Lane explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on September 16, 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374300607
ISBN-13: 9780374300609
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  • xxpish
    xxpishSunday, November 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm55 starsFeatured
    Tommy Smythe has gone missing. No one knows where he went, and nobody’s sure if he does either. His bike was found by the pull-out. You see, Tommy was, is, a science “geek” so to speak. He believes in wormholes and parallel universes and is really interested in quantum physics. For all anyone knows, he could’ve gone through a wormhole. Told from 21 unique perspectives that are all centered around the pull-out and connected to Tommy’s disappearance, Lindsey Lane’s debut gives you insight on the lives of people all sharing something in common, while having completely different stories. My thoughts: This book was very intriguing. It’s about the disappearance of Tommy, but the story isn’t actually really that focused on Tommy. It’s really cool, taking a look at all these characters lives and getting to know them a little bit. It basically is a book of short stories that are all related to Tommy and the pull-out, and that’s what made me want to pick it up and read it. I’m glad I did. There were a couple of chapters that were definitely for a more mature audience. I thought this book was a thought-provoking, fresh and different read that broadens your horizons to other people’s lives and shows you that nobody has it perfect. A nice added touch were the journal entries from Tommy’s journal in every chapter. They really made you think, and put a nice little bow on the gift. All in all, I would recommend this book for anyone in the mid/upper YA category who wants a quirky and intelligent read.