Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I really wanted this book to be better - the exploration of amnesia and concussion would have been so good for teens to read. Instead, there's a little too much focus on the Thoreau elements.
"Hank" wakes up in Penn Station, his head hurting (and bleeding) and with no memory of who he is and how he got there. Choosing the name "Henry David" from the copy of Walden he seems to have with him, he needs to survive while figuring out what happened. He meets Jack and Nessa, has a bad adventure with them and escapes to Concord MA, home of Walden Pond. While in Concord he meets people, regains his memory and has to decide what his future will be.
It's that part that totally lost me: bad enough that we don't get as much as we could about the aftereffects of his concussion and the resulting amnesia, but that the ending is "everything works out right" with no clue as to how that happened? Usually I rail about Book Bloat, but in this case a few more pages would have been helpful. Overall, the book is gentle when it could be a tad harsher.
ARC provided by publisher.