Author: Beth Kephart
Elisa Cantor has a talent for words, for poetry and metaphor. Harnessing her gift, Elisa assists the lovelorn boys at her school in courting the girls of their dreams. She’s content to be undercover and often invisible until being ignored becomes an unexpected curse when she begins assisting Theo Moses in wooing the fair Lila.
“The squirrels were hysterical in the trees that day, hurtling off limbs like cannonballs. Above the squirrel circus was a big-winged hawk that rode a thermal, then flapped its wings to follow the stream. After a while I started following the hawk. I took off my shoes, and I went running through autumn air that was so acorn ripe that it crunched.”
Elisa begins to feel the loneliness more acutely with the absence of her father, the only other person who understands how she sees the world. She retreats into the woods where she discovers a love for ice skating among the ravens and trees.
There something to be said of books that cause your insides to fill up till there’s nothing left to do but grab a notebook and pour yourself onto the pages and hope what you’re feeling isn’t lost in translation. It is a far journey from one’s heart to paper.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had the pleasure of reading Undercover by Beth Kephart. And it is as inspiring and moving as I remember, but more than that there is this deep seeded appreciation inside of me that I’m not sure I had before. Elisa has one of the most unique voices I’ve read in recent years and anyone with a bit of writer in them needs to do themselves a favor and pick this one up.