By Jaclyn Moriarty
This book was one of the best books I have ever read. The characters in A Corner of White are realistic and unique. The writing is beautiful, funny, sad, and just overall unique and whimsical. A Corner of White is a perfectly made raspberry cheesecake. It is full delicious rich flavor that never gets old. The cheesecake has a distinctive flavor that makes the it taste even better because it is good and different from everything else you've had recently. A Corner of White was like a breath of fresh air that has a trace of flowers, bright orange leaves falling, and grass. My summary won't do this book justice because the book is clearly a five. One reason I loved this book so much was the use of color in the book. In Cello there are monsters that are called purple, yellow, gray, and red as well as other colors. Madeleine dresses in red, green, and blue. Madeleine and Elliot talk about complimentary colors, primary colors, color waves, ultraviolet, infrared, and rainbows. (On top of the amazing contents of the book the cover is immaculate as well)
Elliot and Madeleine start out focused on one color but by talking to the other they learn to truly see the entire rainbow. A Corner of White is beautifully written story about a girl in the world and a boy in the Kingdom of Cello. Madeleine, of Cambridge, England, ran away with her mom from her dad. By running away from her Dad she left behind the material comforts that her rich dad provided as well as her friends. Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, Cello, and everybody knows him. Elliot goes on frequent journeys to the Magical North looking for his father who he believes to have been abducted by a monster, called a purple. Madeleine is homeschooled with two friends, Jack and Belle. Madeleine discovers a note in a parking meter that is asking for help. She writes a letter back that Elliot finds. Throughout the book Elliot and Madeleine write letters to each other even though Madeleine doesn't believe that Elliot is a real person. She believes that someone is writing the letters and putting them in the parking meter. Although, Elliot has to be careful writing letters to Madeleine because communicating to people in the world is punishable by death. Petra, Elliot's mom, rented out Elliot's dad's old store out to a nice family, the Twicklehams. Naturally, Elliot resents them. As Madeleine has troubles with her life in Cambridge she also struggles with knowing what she left behind. Elliot starts to discover that his dad may not have been abducted by a purple but actually ran off with another woman, who is also missing (a lot of the book is actually this part but you'll have to read it to actually learn about it. A lot happens with Madeleine and Elliot in their worlds). Through their letters Madeleine and Elliot learn about themselves as well as the other. The book comes to a conclusion with a gripping twist for both Elliot and Madeleine.