“Stephen Edmon introduces readers to the story of Evan and Lucy in, Wintertown. Evan and Lucy grew up together, they were best friends, inseparable. Then Lucy’s parents divorced and Lucy moved away with her mom. Lucy spends every Christmas break with her dad, something that Evan looks forward to every year, but this year is different. Lucy is different and Evan’s not sure what to say to or how to act around this new Lucy.
Wintertown was a great read for me; it’s a bit melancholy with quite a few sweet moments sprinkled in between. Evan’s family is a bundle of fun, especially his Gram. (A sassy grandmother? Yes, please!) Evan’s friends are quite hilarious, adding comic relief to the story.
Though the beginning focuses on Evan and his reaction to “New Lucy”, the rest focuses on Lucy and the mystery behind why she is different this year. As Lucy’s past year unfolds, the reader and Evan begin to understand Lucy on a different level - and in a way, understand “Old Lucy”. I found the resolution and reveal to be very realistic and appreciated that the story wasn’t just a fluffy tale.
I loved that the characters had such strong history, it made me care about what happened to them, even if I didn’t agree with their actions. I also enjoyed the drawings that are scattered throughout the novel. Evan is an artist and there are drawing from both him and Lucy that align with the story and adds another layer to the storytelling. I found that, while this book was a quick read the story stays with you after the cover is closed. If you’re looking for a quite, but real story, this is definitely the book for you. (”