Rotterham Home is a hospice for young people, a place where teenagers with terminal illnesses go to die.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ilonka is a patient at a hospice for teens and 20-somethings, Rotterham Home, she has made friends with other patients Kevin, Sandra, Anya and Spence. Every night at exactly midnight the five of them gather in the library to tell stories. Basically, telling stories is the only fun they can have, in a hospice, everyone is waiting to die. Each one of the five friends has a different form of fatal cancer. Then, they discover that one of the members of their club is leaving the hospice to go back to normal life!
At the same time, Ilonka begins to have dreams of past lives, she remembers vividly life in Ancient Egypt, Asia and medieval Europe. The strange thing is that all the lives are connected to Kevin, a member of club Ilonka felt that she always knew from the first time she met him. Kevin's continuing story revolves around an angel and the misguided woman he loves, a story which is strangely parallel to the lives that Ilonka remembers.
Then, one of the members of the midnight club dies, but not before they tell Ilonka a true story which begins a mystery and the ultimate resolution to the sad stories that plague Ilonka's past.
Absolutely touching and revealing story. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 14 though, this books should really not be in a children's catagory. I recommend it to anyone 14 to 114! This is just such a fabulous, fantastic story! Christopher Pike really hit on a timeless story with this book!
All I can say is be sure and get it, it's a beautiful book and you will remember it for years to come.
Ilonka, Anya, Kevin, Spencer and Sandra form The Midnight Club a club. They meet in the library and tell scary stories, as a way to briefly escape their tragic reality. During one meeting, the teens make a pact that the first one to die has to make contact with the others. Ilonka knew Kevin in a past life and her stories revolve around her memories of that life. She loves Kevin but he has a girlfriend named Kathy, a cheerleader in perfect health who visits him at the hospice. One day Ilonka tells Kathy the truth about Kevin's illness namely that he won't ever be coming home. It breaks them apart but Kevin isn't angry with her for doing it and discloses that he remembers those lives in her stories.
Anya dies and her personal belongings disappear like in a story Ilonka told about her past life in India, could it be a sign?
The Midnight Club is both tragic and romantic with an air of mystery and suspense. The ending is a real tearjerker!! Highly recommended!