Kid’s Book Review: If You Read This

Kid’s Book Review: If You Read This

About the Book and Author

When Brie was younger, her mama used to surprise her with treasure hunts around their island town and when she died three years ago these became Brie’s most cherished memories. Now, on her twelfth birthday, her mama has another surprise, a series of letters leading Brie on one last treasure hunt. Our young reviewer really enjoyed reading this mystery with a Caribbean backdrop.


If You Read This cover
Kareen Getten

Kereen Getten grew up in Jamaica where she would climb fruit trees in the family garden and eat as much mango, guinep and pear as she could without being caught. She now lives in in the UK with her family and writes stories about her childhood experiences. Her first book is called When Life Gives You Mangoes which we also reviewed. It is also published by Pushkin Press.

Book Review

this book has an amazing plot and stunning ending

If You Read This by Kereen Getten, is a beautiful story of a girl, called Brie, who receives a birthday gift from her late mother and she is sent on a wonderful journey to acquire it. The descriptions truly made me feel transported to the island of Jamaica.

Also, she and her mother have a wonderful, strong bond which is shown and built throughout the story.

Brie is twelve years old and a highly likeable character who has a wonderful adventurous spirit.

I would suggest it for readers ages 7+ years, (with or without assistance reading) as well as children of my age (12 years).

Overall this book has an amazing plot and stunning ending.

I  would really recommend it to others because of the cultural aspects of the story and the likeable central character. Another reason I would recommend this book is the mystery that the girl is trying to solve that kept me turning the pages.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Lucy
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: Manga, sweets and yoga
  • Dislikes: seafood and stormy weather
  • Favourite Book: Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans
  • Favourite Song: Lie to Me by 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Favourite Film: From Up on Poppy Hill