I read this book and then went through it again because I felt like I was missing something – I tend to read very quickly and sometimes don’t absorb important facts. It was after running through it the second time that I realized what I read was meant for the Y/A crowd, so it’s not going to have the resolutions I am looking for (I specifically want to know more about Dr. O and the clinic).
SHORTCUTS is a story about just that, taking shortcuts to get what a perceived outcome should be. Each of the high schoolers featured in the story have an enviable “power”. There’s an empath, a boy with telekinesis, a “psychic”, one with supersonic hearing, Josh and Mia (I don’t want to give anything away so won’t tell you what they are up to).
Parker is a girl who wants to help everyone feel better and the theme of the story are the shortcuts she takes to “help” others along. Messing with destiny can have life altering results.
This book was well written, the friendships are strong and diverse and the energy of the book was fast paced. It certainly held my attention from beginning to end. I think there are covert lessons to be learned also. Everyone is carrying a burden; some share the burdens better than others. Everyone deserves to have friends and be loved. Most importantly, there is no such thing as a shortcut. Every action has a counter action which is not always what we want it to be.
I absolutely would recommend this story to my younger cousins.
Review by @mauraharper