Edie In Between, by Laura Sibson
Imprint: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 24th, 2021
Page Count: 384 pages
Content warning: Parental death
*I received an e-arc from Netgalley and TBR and Beyond Tours free of charge, and my opinions are completely my own.*
“It’s true, then.” I said.
“Many things are true. Which one are you speaking of?”
I sighed. “That we see our dead?”
“It is the way of our family. Had you doubted that our dead stay with us?”
It’s been one year since Edie’s mother died. But her ghost has never left.
According to her GG, it’s tradition that the dead of the Mitchell family linger with the living. It’s just as much a part of a Mitchell’s life as brewing cordials or talking to plants. But Edie, whose pain over losing her mother is still fresh, has no interest in her family’s legacy as local “witches.”
When her mother’s teenage journal tumbles into her life, her family’s mystical inheritance becomes once and for all too hard to ignore. It takes Edie on a scavenger hunt to find objects that once belonged to her mother, each one imbued with a different memory. Every time she touches one of these talismans, it whisks her to another entry inside the journal—where she watches her teenage mom mourn, love, and hope just as Edie herself is now doing. Maybe, just maybe, Edie hopes, if she finds every one of these objects, she can finally make peace with her loss and put the past to rest for good.
But this journey to stake her independence from her family may actually show Edie who she truly is…and the beautiful gifts that come with being just a little different.
Tinged with a sweet romance with Rhia, who works at the local occult shop, Edie in Between delivers all the cozy magic a budding young witch finding her way in the world needs.
MY TOP FIVE REASONS TO READ Edie In Between:
The magic system - it is brilliantly constructed in a way that allows the reader to understand that while there is a system, it is by no means limited. Edie’s experimentation with what words will work and what words won’t allow me as a reader to imagine the type of spells or rituals I could make up to have a specific effect. Also with Maura’s (Edie’s mother) various incantations scattered throughout her journal entries, we get a good look at what incantations were most popular and what they were generally used for, instead of only imagining the big magic moments.
One thing that had me living throughout reading Edie In Between was the queer plotline. Edie comes in as not having had attraction to other people before - she comes across as being ace-coded (specifically demisexual-coded, but this could be me projecting and wanting more specifically demisexual characters in young adult fiction). However, when she sees Rhia, she is suddenly hit with the realization that she is sapphic, and honestly it was a moment. Literally, that is my experience at any time that I see a beautiful woman or enby. This is true sapphic representation - thank you, Laura Sibson.
The friendships between Edie, Tess, and Rhia are gorgeous and wonderful. Despite the darkness surrounding the group through Edie’s being infected, the trio manage to shine through as a source of support and love throughout the book. The conversations between them are very relatable and I loved being able to see myself and my friends reflected through Edie, Tess, and Rhia.
Okay, so we love the kids in Edie In Between - but what about the adults? In this story, Edie’s mother, Maura, and grandmother, GG, are featured prominently, and for good reason. The character development of these parental figures is astounding as Sibson shows us the dark and light sides of these women. Maura is a cautious spirit who is guided by the hurt left over from past decisions, while GG is consumed by the grief she feels over the deaths of her husband and daughter. What I really enjoyed about Sibson’s portrayal of these two characters is that we get to have them make mistakes and be wrong without sacrificing their dimensions. I find that sometimes, in young adult fiction, that in trying to make sure that the reader sees that the adults were wrong, they villainize them too much, or perhaps make them too stupid. Sibson walks a delicate line between the intent to show how adults can be wrong while also showing their humanity and that is fascinating to ponder over after reading Edie In Between.
This book looks bright and happy, and it can be. However, the emotional journey that we take through Edie and GG’s grief is inherently dark, even without the magic that gets melded into it. Sibson’s exploration of this topic is done wonderfully, with her writing toeing the edge between “we get the point” and “this is too much”. Plot-wise, the combination of grief into powerful dark magic is beautiful and brings forth an important message of making sure that you do not drown in your grief, however warranted it is. Your emotions are valid and you should feel them - just do not let the negative emotions swallow you up.
A very cute and heartwarming coming of age story, Edie In Between is infused with supernatural plots and sweet sapphic romances to make even the most anti-witchy person turn the pages furiously.
Are you still not sure about reading Edie In Between? Well, if you like these books:
Bad Witch Burning, by Jessica Lewis
These Witches Don’t Burn, by Isabel Sterling
The Babysitter’s Coven, by Kate Williams
When We Were Magic, by Sarah Gailey
The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow
Then you’d definitely want to grab a copy of Edie In Between!
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After a career in undergraduate counseling, Laura Sibson pursued an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing in a local coffee shop, you can find her running the neighborhood streets or hiking with her dog. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their two sons. Laura is available for school visits, book clubs, workshops and conferences. She can speak on the process of writing and publishing to audiences from middle school into adulthood. With her background in one-on-one counseling, giving presentations and facilitating both panels and writing groups, Laura brings both warmth and professionalism to all of her endeavors.