Friday, July 27, 2012

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers

Ephraim comes home from school to find that his mother has overdosed.  Even more surprising, he discovers that the reason for her suicide attempt is that she saw his dead body after he was hit by a bus.  When Ephraim investigates he finds that the dead boy has an unusual coin. With the help of an anonymous note he discovers that he can make wishes come true when he flips the coin.  His first wish turns his alcoholic mom into the perfect mother with an important job.  But some wishes don't seem to turn out exactly as he wanted, especially when his best friend Nathan gets involved and wishes to date the girl of his dreams.  Concerned about what changes he might be making to others around him Ephraim vows to stop using the coin.  But Nathan isn't willing to give up the power and neither is the shadowy man who has been trailing Ephraim.  I expected this to be a standard "be careful what you wish for" book but it took off in a different direction.  The reality of what the coin is doing could be a little confusing but the author does a decent job of keeping the reader up to speed, unlike lots of other books in this genre.  And who knew there were so many different nicknames for Nathan?