I bought this ages ago because I was dying to read it. The premise sounded fantastic, the author and I have the same editor, it had stellar reviews from everyone in the world.
While I was in NYC in May, I was able to meet the author in person–Adam Gidwitz— he was so kind and fun and clever and a teacher! Exactly the kind of teacher that you wish your child could have!
But life kept getting in the way of my reading. And then this week my eight-year-old picked up Grimm and could not put it down. The clincher was when I found him using his foot as a bookmark to hold his place while he did something else for a moment. “Don’t use your foot as a bookmark in my book!” I said. “I haven’t even read it yet!”
“That’s not my fault,” he said.
Well played, eight-year-old son. So now I AM reading it (and using a real bookmark) and the book is surprising and interesting and excellent (and very macabre).
My son and I both highly recommend it.