45. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
Reminds me of The View from Saturday by E.L.Konigsburg.
I’d gotten this last year for apparently “reading” the most books and answering some Scholastic test on them. More likely, I answered the most tests during the free period our teacher gave us to basically humor them/ mockingly take the tests and participate for the hell of it. I was never really going to read it, but I had seen an article saying that if I’d liked this, then I’d like Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store. And so I read that first.
If it hadn’t been brought up, I wouldn’t think of looking at it that way. But since it was, the first thing I noticed was the way it was wrapped up. Everyone’s futures were laid out, a straight path that may have been seen at one time or another. There were no twists, though you could see minor developments in the way they viewed themselves or their situations. Another similar aspect is that in both books, they are both trying to piece things together – although in The Westing Game it’s more character centered. Also, each character had something unique to contribute. The fun and intimacy of the situations, too, intertwined their lives. on the whole, The Westing Game is much more secluded and the boundaries are more limited compared to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store.
Side note, I like how in both books the past has some holding or influence on the present; for example, how, aside from literally paying Sam back, Judge Ford sent Chris to school.