By: Amulet Paperbacks
A story about a girl fighting her demons, in this case, the shadows of her past. Wilhelmina, aka Will, lost her parents in a car accident leaving her an orphan. She refurbishes lost treasures into lamps, a talent she acquired from her late-grand-father, to ward off the scary things that linger in the dark corners of her mind.
Originally I thought this book was going to be a love story, but in fact it’s about a girl and storm Whitney. There is some love, but that’s between her two best friends. Will lives in her grand-parents house with her Aunt Elsie, and they run and antique shop that was next door. A few days before a big storm was expected to hit their little town, a group of kids came to the store to buy props for an upcoming carnival they were hosting. And this is how things changed.
Before the opening night the storm knocks out the power, and Will is inspired to create a shadow sculpture instead of her usual lamps. By the end Will has come to terms with her fears and has admitted to her friends and family that she was trying super hard not to be a burden of emotion on everybody.
The ending is touching, and relatable for some who read this book and have experienced similar things as Will.