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Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
A Place Halfway by K.C. Finn is the third book in the Synsk series. The book focuses on sixteen-year-old Josie who has a lot more to deal with than the average 1960s teenager. She is but one of a school full of psychic children who are being trained to work for the government. Surrounded by so many people like herself, she doesn’t realize how cruel people can be toward others until she takes a part-time job working with black brothers who have already lost a father to racial violence.
While the school is located in a grand manor house, Josie’s job at the soda shop called Halfway is the real backdrop in her coming of age story. The nostalgia of the old time rock and roll acts as the perfect backdrop to the budding romance, dramatic encounters, and life lessons. In A Place Halfway, K.C. Finn takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions and memories of an age past. She provides a cast of flawed characters who learn to live together and support each other to the extent that an only child, such as Josie, feels like a member of a large extended family.
I enjoyed reading A Place Halfway and finished with a warm, fuzzy feeling that can only be attributed to well-written characters and a plot that never feels contrived. I only hope that one of the future Synsk series books will feature the mischievous toddler Nik all grown up and learning his own life lessons.