Book Review: The Girl From Everywhere
A.K.A., the YA novel that redeemed all YA novels (for me, at least).
In The Mayfair Witches series review, I said that I was growing weary of content in the YA/NA age range. So it’s only natural that The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig would force me to eat crow in my very next review, right?
This is my life, guys. Well, let’s talk about how much I freaking loved this book, then!
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Short Book Review: The Girl From Everywhere
Some people just want the short and skinny of it, so here’s a shorter review than I usually do. I’ll do a longer one brimming with spoilers later.
The Driving Force of The Girl From Everywhere
Nix Song is a sixteen year old girl of mixed heritage. Her father is Hawaiian and her mother was Chinese. Her mother died when she was only a baby and her father (Captain Slate) has been obsessed with getting back to Lin Song ever since.
This is the main point that drives the plot of The Girl From Everywhere. Slate’s obsession with reuniting with his lost love (Nix’s mother) is unmatched by anything aside from his addiction to opium. Nix has known no true fatherly love from Slate in all her sixteen years and Slate cannot even remember his daughter’s birthday.
This story is about addiction, toxic family, and choosing your own path in life. And I loved (almost) every minute of it. (There were a few pages here and there where the story seemed to lag, but that’s probably just a personal thing. I won’t go into it in the short review. You can check it out in the spoiler review later, if you want to know more.)
Wait. How’s Slate gonna “get back” to Lin Song? She’s dead!
Well, Nix and Captain Slate (Nix’s father), travel on a very special ship called the Temptation. Using maps – originals only or it won’t work – they can go anywhere in the world, whether it exists or not. Anywhere in space or time, as long as they have an original map, is open to Captain Slate.
To put it in perspective for you, Nix and Slate have taken the Temptation into mythological lore several times already by the start of the book. Nix even once had a magic frog that could belch an entire river of water from its mouth, which she picked up from one of these mythological maps.
There’s another stipulation to Navigation (the ability Slate possesses that allows for this travel). This exception is that once they use a map to visit someplace, they can never use that map again. You get one shot.
Now do you see how Captain Slate could try to get back to Lin Song, his ill-fated love interest?
But there’s another problem and one that worries Nix to no end: If Slate changes the past, what does that mean for her? Does she cease to exist? Does her entire life as it has been disappear all of a sudden? But Slate does not seem to care what could happen to Nix. (And it infuriates me.)
This troubles Nix mostly because she would hate to lose Kashmir and the memories they share. Kashmir is a Persian boy of around Nix’s age who they took aboard the Temptation on one of their excursions. This saved Kashmir’s life and he uses his extraordinary skill in thievery to repay Captain Slate and earn his keep on the ship.
Nix does not condone his method of payment, but they get along well, nevertheless.
The Girl From Everywhere was Heidi Heilig’s first book, but it didn’t read like a first book. Everything was well thought out and came together easily at the end. The mystery of this book felt real to me. Though I re-read passages in an effort to piece things together before it the author revealed it, I could not predict the end.
The story arc came full circle and the character arcs for all of the major characters (Kashmir, Nix, and Slate) were well done. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen at any point in this story. I will tell you that I started out absolutely hating Slate, but softened as the pages turned. I’ll save the rest for my longer, spoiler-ridden review.
The End (Of The Book Review: The Girl From Everywhere)
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