While this novel is a Young Adult, I have the feeling that it will resonate with many older readers as it did with myself. I really enjoyed this book. Stella Park (known as Spark), has dealt with many issues in her life, from her father dying when she was young to her becoming the mainstay caretaker due to her mother’s mental illness. When she takes on a summer job organizing an archive for John Stone, her life takes an unexpected turn.
The archive includes notebooks written in a cipher that Spark cannot read. However, the reader luckily gets to read them. They chronicle the early life of John Stone (who was born Jean-Pierre approximately 350 years before). Calm your hearts, he is not a vampire, simply someone who seems to live for a long time. I must say that I liked the notebook parts of the novel the best. But then again, who wouldn’t as they concerned the French court of the Sun King at Versailles.
If you like historical fiction, I highly recommend this novel. Well done, Buckley-Archer!