Review WE WERE RESTLESS THINGS By Cole Nagamatsu

Review WE WERE RESTLESS THINGS By Cole Nagamatsu

Review WE WERE RESTLESS THINGS By Cole Nagamatsu

Review WE WERE RESTLESS THINGS By Cole Nagamatsu

All of us who have been through our teenage years know that just being that age is hard enough. Adding death and a mysterious, evil lake to the mix only makes high school an even more unbearable experience. Yet that’s what Cole Nagamatsu puts in her book, “We Were Restless Things,” which makes for a good read of angst and mystery.

Nothing has been the same in the small town of Shivery since Link died. How he died just wasn’t right—he drowned. In the forest. The only problem is, there’s no lake or river, or really any body of water in the forest. People have come up with a lot of reasons as to how he could have drowned in such a dry place, but Noemi knows better.

Noemi has been to the lake in the woods several times, though it’s a mysterious place. It seems like it has been there for years, yet she only found it recently. Once more, when Noemi tried to show the lake to the police after Link’s death, she could no longer find it. It’s as if the lake itself hides when it doesn’t want to be seen.

The mystery keeps building for Noemi. She keeps receiving texts from Link, even though he is most-assuredly dead. The more she explores the lake, the harder it becomes to leave each time, and mysterious creatures keep appearing in the water. Noemi’s not only going to find out just how Link died, but with the help of some of her friends, she’s going to learn and accept herself along the way.

This book felt like a love letter to high schoolers trying to find themselves and the scary lake apparitions only made it that more enjoyable of a read. One of the bravest debuts I have ever read.

Review WE WERE RESTLESS THINGS By Cole Nagamatsu

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