‘WARNING: DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS PAGE!’ is how the fantastic, yet mystifying book, The Name of This Book is Secret begins. Secrets, secrets everywhere! So scary and dangerous, Mr. Bosch leads the reader through a world unknown to the average population, but just into the peculiar world where long-since magicians and alchemists reside. When the main characters find a strange box labeled ‘The Symphony of Smells’, they are led into a trap with immortality and cruelty.
Max-Ernest, a boy wanting to be a stand-up comedian, and Cassandra (Cass for short), a very serious and vigilant survivalist, come together on a rollercoaster of an adventure throughout this well-written book. There are a lot of unanswered questions that the peculiar narrator, Pseudonymous Bosch, poses such as what Max-Ernest’s ‘condition’ is, or who Cass’s father is. At this point in the story, if it were a motion picture, I envision the song “Come Together” by the Beatles, because I believe it shows perfectly how Cass and Max-Ernest meet and come together to begin their adventure. Situational irony is inserted in odd parts of the story, The Name of this Book is Secret, which makes it one of my top five favorite book series and earns this an 11 out of 10 rating!
I would definitely recommend this book for ages 10-100, because the writing style makes the mystery impossible to put down.
-Maya S., 6th grade