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I was fascinated by the characters and their interactions (there's a pretty unique group of friends in this book), but a bit less than fascinated by the plot with dead people. Dead people == still not my thing. (I think it was handled really well, though. If dead people were my thing, I'm sure I would have adored this book.)

It brought home to me why I like fantasy better than non-fantastic fiction, though. Every now and then I read a young adult book without magic, and it seems like they're all about things falling apart. Friendships failing, things not working out. They sort of have to be, to have plot. But with magic, you don't have to have the group of friends fall apart, it can be tested by the plot involving dead people and weird things happening, but the friendships don't have to break to keep things interesting.

I wish I knew of more fantasy books about unique groups of friends, though. This book reminded me of Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary, by Pamela Dean...I wish I could think of more.

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