I’m going to be totally honest with this, and say that this book was probably one of the hardest books to get through for me. The book itself is about a girl named Melody Jackson who lives on Lafayette Street, and the weird goings-on in the house next door, her parents, and her “friend” Flutter.
Melody herself is a very…eccentric twelve-year-old who in some aspects acts many years older than she actually is, and not in a good way. A lot of twelve year olds act older but only by a few years, Melody on the other hand would rather have lived in the early twentieth century than the twenty-first and acts like she’s about sixty. The way she dresses, the way she speaks, the way she thinks… it all comes off as trying very hard to be older. On the other hand, there are instances in which she acts much younger than her twelve years; throughout the book she is constantly whining about the way those around her are acting, and she has random outbursts that interrupt the storyline for no reason. Much of what she complains about, is actually what she is doing and not what the people around her are.
Overall, I have to say that the book was very weird. There were vampires, Big Foot, ghosts, chickens, aliens, and more, all over the place and I had a hard time actually staying interested in the book because things kept changing. I feel like the story was drawn out and random things were added in to make it longer which ended up adding nothing to the story itself. The one aspect of the story that really intrigued me was Flutter, and I think if the author had focused on telling her story instead of focusing on fantasy creatures and aliens than the book would be much better.
I rated Melody Jackson and the House on Lafayette Street 2/5 on Goodreads – I just could not handle the narrator. It’s saving grace was that the writing was actually done well, even though it was all over the place.
Full disclosure – I was given a copy of this book from the author, B.M.B. Johnson, in exchange for an honest review.