Zachary's mother leaves, so he and his father pick up and start over in a new town, where he meets the titular Rachel and her brother, Teddy.
The title is great and the writing is clever. There is nice treatment of a variety of community members (often books try to portray eccentric townspeople and it just gets weird or overdone). I also liked the way the main character deals with his mother's absence, and her proposed return - it strikes me as very genuine for all concerned. Rachel was the big disappointment for me - she has this big reputation, but I want to admire her badness more - she's missing some edge. I appreciate the treatment of music: the descriptions are so genuine. Plenty of authors let their characters play instruments, but this one really knows his stuff.
"Rachel Spinelli quote"
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