Oct 142011

Title: Liesl & Po
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date:
October 4, 2011
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher

From Goodreads:
Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.

Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.


I tend to read mostly YA books, but every once a while I go wild and read a middle grade. After reading and LOVING Delirium, I vowed to read everything Lauren Oliver ever writes – which happens to include her newest middle grade novel, Liesl & Po. So of course, I had to go wild and read it!

I was instantly intrigued after reading the letter Lauren Oliver included at the beginning of the book. She explains that she wrote Liesl & Po to help her grieve over the loss of her friend. Knowing that going in to the story, I could completely tell throughout the book how therapeutic writing Liesl & Po must have been for her, and that made it all the more interesting to me.

True to Lauren Oliver form, Liesl & Po is simply a beautifully written, lovely story. Even though it is technically middle grade, I think anyone would enjoy this book and would tear through it just as fast as I did. Her characters are interesting and well developed, and the story moves at a quick but fascinating pace.

Simply put, Liesl & Po is a wonderful story that I highly recommend!

  3 Responses to “Review: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver”

  1. So true. The fact that Lauren Oliver was so emotional invested in this book made it that much more amazing.

  2. Awww I’m so glad you liked it, I’m looking forward to reading it soon. :)

  3. Definitely a cute book! The only negative comment I had (but it’s not solely Lauren’s fault) is that yet again the stepmother gets villanized. I know this is carried over from the grand age of fairytales, but it does make me a little worried for all those newly-made stepfamilies out there.


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