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Preview — Playing with Matches by Brian Katcher
Playing with Matches
However, there is one girl who might: Melody Hennon. Everyone at Zumner High keeps their dis...more
Leon is a self-professed loser. He was bullied in middle school and has gotten throgh high school by essentially being invisable. But when he has to do a project with the school "freak" - burn victim...more
Leon dreams of one day hooking up with the beautiful Amy Green. Unfortunately, Leon is your typical seventeen year old complete with obnoxious cohorts and girls who are friends . . . but not girlfriends. More often than not he is concentrating on her in chemistry instead of the teacher. Then he is paired with Melody for their history project and things start to change...more
it was oh-so-funny. i laughed (quite loudly, i must add) and grinned and smiled a lot throughout the book.
but it was also kind of.. painful. a lot of truths were said in this book. between looks and personality, looks almost always won. that realization was like a rude awakening for me. how many times did we bear with the hot guy/girl we've crushed on forever even if they are boring you out of your minds and you have nothing in comm...more
Also, the ending annoyed me. It sort of made the entire book pointless, at least plot-wise. If the author had the intention of utilizing this work as a wake-up call to all the individuals who...more
Brian Katcher has a unique voice in the YA world and Playing With Matches is a book like none I'd ever read before. To be honest, I didn't expect to like it. That changed by the end of the first page. Really.
I'm not going to recap here, as the author's blurb does a wonderful job of introduction, and I'd hate to spoil this story for anyone. What I will say is this: the dialogue is realistic, the characters are genuine, and the plot moves along at the perfec...more
One day Leon finds that his new locker neighbor is Melody Hennon, the ultimate outcast. A victim on a childhood burn incident, Melody is severely disfigured.
“The flames had eaten away most of Melody’s face and left her with no ears wh...more
Playing With Matches is different. The male narrator is the smart slightly nerdy type, probably average looking, certainly self-deprecating. But the object o...more
I am currently writing a YA novel, and therefor I have been reading as many of them as I can. I don't find many debut novels that can get me hooked so completely, rooting for, screaming at, and worrying about the characters. I loved the book, and Brian Katcher is a name t...more
The plot is complex and very well written. I...more
leon is hilarious; his friends are on point; melody is such a great person i love her to death; the samantha/amy drag session about feminism; melody telling leon the truth and giving it to him straight; the freakin axlerod movies or w/e; satanic dan; satanic dan suffering through a foreign film w/ buttercup
leon thinking he deserves a gf; leon leaving melody for amy; amy as a whole; leon trying to get melody back by embarassing her to death at a movie theatre; leon getting...more
This book is listed as young adult, but it’s worth checking out no matter your age. The characters feel authentic, the setting realistic. I could’ve gone to this high school; I c...more
Gateway nominee for 2010-2011 (Missouri author too!)
Review from School Library Journal:
Leon Sanders, 17, a self-described geek, craves the attention of perfection-personified Amy Green, who consist...more
Brian Katcher packed so much emotion into this story-I found myself tearing up at parts and honestly, I don't cry that much in books. The characters are all well drawn and the...more
[This review, among many others, is also available on my blog.]
I liked this book. I had a small problem with it and I was expecting/hoping to like it more, but overall I did enjoy it.
Leon, the main character, is a pretty average guy, although he doesn’t have a nice face and so has no luck with girls. Melody has been going to school with him for years, but aside from being made fun of, no one pays attention to her, because most of her face and neck and ears are horribly scarred by a burn....more