The Land of Yesterday
Her beloved house’s spirit is crumbling beyond repair, her father is imprisoned by sorrow, and worst of all, her grief-stricken mother abandons the land of the living to follow Celadon into Yesterday.
It’s up to Cecelia to put her family back together, even if that means venturing into the dark and forbidden Land of Yesterday on her own. But as Cecilia braves a hot-air balloon commanded by two gnomes, a sea of daisies, and the Planet of Nightmares, it’s clear that even if she finds her family, she might not be able to save them.
And if she’s not careful, she might just become a lost soul herself, trapped forever in Yesterday.
I fell in love with Cecelia from the very first page. This is a young girl who suffers a terrible loss and still she is filled with incredible strength. The Land of Yesterday is a middle-grade book but deals with issues that affect everyone no matter what age. Loss, love, family, grief play a huge roll in telling this story. Cecelia has been blaming herself for the death of her brother but as she travels to Yesterday she learns how they all blamed themselves. How they held on to this grief and suffered in silence. Cecelia learned how to let go and that it’s those that love us that will share the weight we carry inside and help us heal.
The world was another thing that I loved, a lot of the book focuses on the characters and their journey and growth but we still get to see parts of the world that Cecelia lives in and the worlds that she travels to. I loved how imaginative this whole world was. The Dahl house is alive, Cecelia’s hair can move of it’s own free will and at times it comes to her rescue. Reynolds has created a strange world that is so magical and a story that is so beautiful. You feel the pain of loss and guilt but also the magic of friendship and love and family. Reynolds brings these characters to life and you feel yourself in every corner of this story. I don’t have the words to articulate how beautiful and moving this book truly was. I highly highly recommend you read this one. I cannot get it out of my head.