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Thomas Quicksilver, known to his classmates as "Pucker," has always been an outsider. His crazy mother, the secret of his family's strange origins, and above all, the terrible scars on his face from a childhood fire these things have kept Thomas isolated and lonely. But now, at seventeen, Thomas is suddenly given the chance to change all that.To be magically healed, even b...more
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Published May 18th 2006 by Razorbill
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Jennifer Wardrip
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PUCKER is, without a doubt, one of the best books I've ever read. And since I've read and reviewed over 250 books since August 2005 alone, I have a lot to compare it to!

The book is probably best described as a contemporary fantasy, but it's so much more than that. The story centers around Thomas Quicksilver, who at seventeen has spent most of his life with only his mother and a few close friends as acquaintances. Burned on the face as a young child, he's known...more
My mother loves many things, but two more than most: books and thrift shopping. Sometimes she combines the two, grabbing unusual hardcovers for a dollar or so from her favorite thrift store.

Because she's awesome, she sometimes mails them to me. Often wonderful, these are rarely the books I would choose for myself--most of the time, they're books I haven't even heard of.

That was the case with Pucker, a 2007 YA novel by Melanie Gideon that I'm quite sure I never would have encountered had my mothe...more
Sep 28, 2007 Ozimandias rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy/Teen
The book leaves you with a positive resolution which is nice, but I think it gets there in ways where it doesn't really address any of the issues it puts on the table. The protagonist is from another world and he comes to America with his mother, etc.... There are parts that are nicely written, but I think she glosses over what she is trying to get at. It isn't an unpleasant read though. I never felt like I was wasting my time as I was reading it. I guess its collective impact afterward is a lit...more
Loved the book, could not put it down,
Kimberly Hirsh
Let me say this right up front: this is not a story about kissing, or wrinkles, or things that are sour. It's a story about redemption.

Thomas Quicksilver was born in Isaura, a world that exists parallel to our modern Earth. In Isaura, everything is pre-ordained. Family dinners are dictated weeks in advance, not because anyone wants it to be so, but because a group of fortune tellers called The Seers have predicted what they will be. Each day, the citizens of Isaura visit the Seers to learn what...more
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a big sci-fi kind of person, but, none the less, I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the character development and, at points, did not like the main character. I feel that is good that I did not empathize with the character throughout. I would love a 2nd book to this story.
Pucker tells the story of a boy, Tom, who is living outside of his birth world. Though born in Isaura, a parallel world to Earth, Tom had to escape at a young age because his parents became enemies of the Isaurian government. In the process of his escape, Tom was badly burned all over his body, including his face, and by the age of 16 his facial scars have lead others to give him the nickname 'Pucker.' Pucker resents his scars and the negative attention it brings him. When his mother falls termi...more
Winslow Schmelling
After reading the first 50 pages of Pucker I was actually considering not finishing it. It was very well written and certainly not a bad book but, it was just so... dismal. Thomas's childhood was just so depressing and as I was reading, all I felt was pity. But, I stuck with it a little while longer (I hate abandoning books part of the way through) and we were back into Thomas's teenage years and, I became completely interested again. I'm glad I didn't put it down.
There are never any moments in...more
I don't know what it is, but something with the book just didn't sit well with me. It felt lacking in different ways.

I didn't much care for Thomas, who was kind of rude and just... ugh. I didn't really get attatched to any of the other characters, except for maybe the female protagonist who was clever and perseverant. (Her names escapes me...)

I found book hard to get into, I just kept putting it down every few pages. I seriously considered returning it to the library a couple of times. Only by...more
Zooey Riveria
They can't help staring. I have a face that can give life. It reminds people of how fortunate they are. They can riff off my ugliness back into their own humanity. In other words, I startle them right back to their skins.

Pucker was an amazing read.

I don't think I've ever finished reading a book so fast. I was just bringing this book with me for my trip to the hospital on Christmas Eve, and very soon, I was done with it! You will definitely get sucked in by the wonderful imagery and beauty of P...more
I enjoyed this book. It is written from the perspective of a 17 year old boy. I love that the author starts out by saying what this book is not about (kissing, sour things, and wrinkles). The characters name is Thomas but his schoolmates have dubbed him "Pucker" due to the burn scars on his face. This alone makes the character very interesting. Next it is revealed that he and his mother were exiled from Isaura and his mother wants him to go back to find her seerskin. This is revealed in the firs...more
Allie Dodge
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Nov 01, 2013 Aaliyah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
One of the best books I have ever read!!

Thomas Quicksilver and his Mother are from a different world, called Isaura. They were banished to America when he was a child. Both of his parents were seers, which ment they could tell the future. His Father was killed before they were banished. When they lived in Isaura Thomas was in a house fire that left him with a badly burned face.

Thomas is 17 years old now and his mother has told him he must go back to Isaura and get the seer skin that his mother...more
I thought that the writing was jerky and it didn't seem to flow at all for me. I thought that Pucker would say random stuff at times when it wasn't needed or things weren't clear enough. For example, he spent two pages talking about some girl's white pants, only for that the end of the chapter to say that she was going to have her period. Well why didn't you say that in the first place? There were some other examples too and it made me almost stop reading into the first hundred pages.

While the...more
Sabrina Gallardo
These kind of books are not really my cup of tea, but shocked me! I fell in love with the character, Thomas.
He just wants to be liked. Who doesn't want to be liked? By anyone? Feeling the kind-heart of any is worth keeping around. He shows more than just... hurt. He shows love.
Jaydee Boursaw
Pucker is a book about a boy born in another universe that was injured in a fire and left for earth to live with the hideous scars on his face. He shows mental and physical toughness going through highschool with the scars. He goes back to the universe he was from to Get the scars visibly erased. There he falls in love with a girl who does not want to show any real emotions. He goes to the universe to get his mother's skins that will save her life. Along the way he has to hide the sneaking and w...more
Beautifully written, a new concept (to me) about what beauty can be. Love the added of "other" and "other worldly" as well. I have reread this book at least three times, still love it.
I thought this book was a fine piece of literature. It has action and adventure along with a slight bit of romance, which is just my type. :) I totally recommend this!!! :P
I'm not quite sure what to make of this. I tried to start reading it a couple of months ago, and put it down after 50 or so pages, without wanting to pick it back up. This weekend I did pick it back up and found it to be much more compelling the 2nd time around. The parallel world to Earth is an interesting idea, but I didn't find much to raise this above "good". Sort of felt like a Giver wanna-be with a couple of slightly unbelievable plot contrivances contributing to the happy ending, but it d...more
Kearigan Ison
Takes me back to 7th grade
Unlike anything I have read recently or ever for that matter. The plot and idea is there, but I wasn't impressed with the characters. I felt like they were rushed and so was the plot. I also though it was odd that a very minor character in the book that we only talked to twice, saved the day. I'm not saying that it is a bad thing, just an odd thing.

A very fast read. I just really wished there was more to the story. Some stories are meant to be lengthy and this was one of them.
Nerd Goddess
This book had potential. The plot was intriguing, the idea of split worlds and people stepping out of their skins... but the execution was disastrous. The use of present-tense was incredibly distracting throughout the entire book, and took away from what could have been good. Also, just because your main character is a troubled teenager does not mean he has an excuse to use the F-word multiple times, and have sex with whoever he likes.
Danny Hurtado
This book was actually better than I expected. At first it was confusing but it soon got better to understand. I wouldn't say it was great only because I felt like there was more detail that they could've provided but still, they told the whole story of how everything started. It ended on a good note an throughout the book there were a few plot twists that I did enjoy. It was overall a very good book.
Elizabeth Tedford
AMAZING, awesome book. I actually finished it this summer, and I used it as one of my books for summer reading and told the class about it. They all seemed really interested1 I hope they read this-- I hope everyone can get a chance to read this! Although
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I think it ended well enough to just have been a novel, not a series. Series would be cool too though. :)
A seventeen year old boy with terrible burn scars on his face, trys to save his dying mother by journeying back to his birthplace, an alternate world called Isaura. In Isaura his scars will be magically healed, he will fall in love and he will have to make an impossible choice.
This is a fast paced intense story beautifully told which will captivate you from the first paragraph.

From the beginning I felt compelled to keep reading, and eventually felt a connection to Thomas in the "insecurity " department. M. Gideon did a fabulous job writing a story about truth, betrayl, and redemption but the further I went in the more I expected, and although I didn't receive the ultimate high I was looking for in this novel, I still give it four stars and a recommended read!
This story is about Pucker, who has been burned horribly in a fire, and his journey to go back to his world and find something to save his mom, living on Earth. While the story line is original, some of the content may not be appropriate for young children. A few swear words and some brief romantic scenes caused a little worry for this middle school librarian.
This book surprised me. It wasn't what I expected, but I still enjoyed how it turned out. It was well-written, and despite starting slowly, and having a rather rushed conclusion, it evolved into a beautiful book about how we cope with loss, how gaining things back changes us, and ultimately how we become who we want to be.
Okay...wow. I love fantasy, and tho I thought this was pretty weird at first, I absolutely LOVED it! I had a really hard time putting it down. I was sad when it was over because I'd gotten so attached. But don't think that means the ending was awful, 'cause it was EXCELLENT! Read this book!!
Erin Wagener
I think this book has become one of my favorite books. It's a quick easy to read and has some really good quotes in it. I think that it Y/A book I would recommend this to anyone 13+. Even though this book is below my reading level I think that it's perfect for if you want a really quick read.
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Melanie Gideon is the author of the memoir The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, an NPR and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009, and a New York Times bestseller, as well as three young adult novels. Her latest novel, Wife 22, will be translated into 26 languages and is currently in development with Working Title Films. She has written for the New York Times, the San Francisc...more
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