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  Mister God, this is Anna by Fynn

Review by: Alisha N.
Michigan, Grade 11

The story of Anna’s life is a fascinating one about a 4-year-old who impacts the life of Fynn, a young man who is 19 years old. Fynn tells her life story along with the unique experiences that he remembered from her life.
This story begins when Fynn meets Anna on one fateful night outside of a baker’s shop in London. Anna had run away from home because she was treated badly by her parents. Soon enough, he unofficially adopted her. He wasn’t really a father, big brother, or friend; he was a mix of all of them. Together, they shared new adventures that came every day.
Anna’s life is so amazing and thought provoking that I am surprised that she was only a young child. She was a very smart child and had a special gift for understanding pattern, structure, and the way that bits and pieces were organized. She even understood wavelengths and light refractions before she could read.
Anna had a strong love for life and got excited over every little item. She was excited when she found out that seeds produced flowers, recognized a shadow for the first time, used a kaleidoscope, or saw the reflection in a mirror. Each time she reacted the same way: “She hit me like an express train. Her arms around my neck nearly strangled me. Her fingers dug holes in my back. She laughed and cried; we were a million years past the use of words” (Fynn).

One of the unique parts of this story was Anna’s relationship to Mister God. Anna was deeply in love with Mister God and proud of the things that He created. She was also impressed by how things worked.
Anna could find beauty in any item, and was sad when someone could not see the possibilities. “Anna’s misery was for the others. She wanted them to join her in this exciting new world to explore, a world of imagination, a world where few people could follow her” (Fynn).
The writing style of this book was very informal, and easy to read. Fynn wrote the book with realistic dialog, even if it included spelling errors or grammar errors. For example, Anna would ask questions like “Wot you buyin?” and Fynn would respond with “Some chocklit” (Fynn).
Throughout the book, I got more and more emotionally connected to Anna. She was a very special person, Fynn describes her as “a bomb with legs on it” (Fynn), and I enjoyed learning about her life. Mister God, this is Anna is an original and compelling story, and I would recommend it to anyone who is capable of reading.

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