I had a tiny meltdown on Twitter the other day, worrying about rereads and how to blog about them. Usually I only review something twice, as any more than that seems like overkill. It’s also really difficult for me to review something I’ve read ten times before, as it’s become such a part of my “reading personality” that I don’t feel I can properly articulate why I love it so much.
Anyway, my current reread is The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. It sounds like a mystery, but it’s actually a family story!
It’s about this kid called David, who had to grow up really quick when his mother died. He takes care of his younger siblings (a set of twins another one named Janie who is REALLY ANNOYING) and looks after his dad, and it’s actually not all that depressing even if he doesn’t have many friends. Then his dad gets remarried and David gets a step-sister! A step-sister who is VERY into the occult and the supernatural and also looking like she just smelled something nasty and it’s coming from you.
The Headless Cupid is closest in tone and content to my other favorite ZKS book, The Egypt Game. Amanda (the step-sister) is having a hard time adjusting to her parents divorce and having to move to the country away from her friend. You know how stuck up and weird April is for most of The Egypt Game, until she gets used to having friends? That’s basically what happens in The Headless Cupid, only there are ghosts and psychic children. And it is in the country in a HUGE HOUSE and Amanda wears REALLY INTERESTING clothing which is faithfully depicted in the illustrations (which are lovely, btw), and it’s a grand book.
What’re you reading this weekend?