Year 8, Book 33

33. The Night of the Comet by George Bishop

Night of the Comet is a coming-of-age story that takes place in 1973. The protagonist, now an adult, takes us back to that year of his life. His father, an astronomer, is obsessed with the approach of the Kohoutek comet. Meanwhile the rest of his family is taken by the neighbors who have moved in across the way.

I really liked this book. The author did a great job of creating a sense of time and place and evoking a sense of nostalgia for someone else’s life. The characters were really well drawn and I felt invested in what was going on in their lives and could easily relate to how they felt about their lives that while comfortable were less than what they once dreamed they would be.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

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