I enjoyed this book because of the realistic perception of real-world problems portrayed in a conflictual setting. The story is very well handled, with just the right amount of light shining on all the right characters. Emily, Sam, and Riddle have a lot of personality and back story behind them, making them mysterious and intriguing, especially Sam and Riddle. I’ll Be There inspires strength in hard times, and faith. It is really cool watching these young adults grow with support from each other.
I would recommend this book to mature teenagers looking for realistic fiction with hints of romance. The reading level would be about ages 13 to 16 years old. If you’re a fan of fantasy and science fiction, I can’t say you’ll enjoy this book. As a fan of the aforementioned genres myself, I personally rate this book a 3 out of 5. 3 out of 5 works well for me, because I don’t usually read realistic fiction, yet I’ll Be There definitely kept me intrigued throughout the whole story, and there was never a dull moment. This book is part of a series. I have not yet read the sequel, but right now I would say the book works well standing alone.
Reviewed by Isaac Kim, grade 9