Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me
KJ Carson lives an outdoor lover's dream. The only daughter of a fishing and wildlife guide, KJ can hold her own on the water or in the mountains near her hometown outside Yellowstone National Park. But when she meets the shaggy-haired, intensely appealing Virgil, KJ loses all self-possession. And she's not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing that they're assigned to...more
The only thing this book succeeded in doing was making me change my mind about ever visiting Montana.
Everyone in this book was an asshole. Seriously, everyone. There wasn't one likeable character in the entire damn thing, and less than halfway through, I wanted to crawl inside and firebomb everything. Everything.
The interpersonal relationships were just fucking bizarre. Everyone treats everyone else like total shit. It doesn't matter who they are. Like a girl? Treat her like shit. Have a daught...more
KJ who has, in her father's words, "blossomed" over the summer but, unlike many other teen novels where the ugly duckling turns into a beauty, she doesn't miraculously become popular. Love it. I think it's a good lesson for teens (and the rest of us) t...more
I know it's a little early in the year to say this,
but it will probably be my favorite of 2011,
it has THAT potencial.
It was amazing. It was one of those times when you just love EVERYTHING about a book. Even though it couldn't be more
alien to me, not even paranormal books are farther from my reality,
yet I loved it. And connect with every character, understood everyone of them.
And if you're like me a don't really care about wolves,
it doesn't matter! the wolf part is not bo...more
The beginning rocked. It started off as something potentially compelling. I even wrote down a few quotes, wanting to remember them. But I was more than half-way through the book when I realized that I just didn't care for it at all. The story felt contrived; all made up to fit around a big environmental message. I don't mind messages (and I donated to the save th...more
Review originally from my book review (wordpress / livejournal)
I’ve been interested in reading Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me ever since I read Holly’s review where she said her “expectations held up from the first page until the last”. Yup, it was grabbed on an impulse at a bookstore when I was in Southern New England, and I settled into it quite happily when I got home.
The Premise: When the wolves were reintroduced into Yellowst...more
KJ Carson lives with her dad and has a pretty outdoorsy life. She lives in what is practically the middle...more
Anyways, very good story highlighting the controversies of the wolves in Yellowstone. It doesn't hold a candle to The Loop by Nicholas Evans, but as this is aimed at the younger crowd, I thought it did pretty well. It's the angry cow owning rednecks vs the hippy wolf loving tree huggers. LOL. (No offense to anyone. This is how they come across in the book.)
A school newspaper sorta...more
I bought this on a whim because it mentioned Yellowstone, which is a major obsession of mine. I figured (wrongly) that because it is YA book with a girl and a wolf on the cover it would be a melodramatic werewolf book about a girl from out of town or something. You know?
But I was totally wrong! This book was great! KJ, the heroine, lives in a slightly fictionalized version of West Yellowstone Montana and works in her father's fishing shop a...more
Here are the reasons why:
The book is really not about wolves. It is about KJ, the protagonist, and the relationships she forms with her father, Virgil, and the townspeople. Even the portio...more
Maybe its the Yellowstone connection, or the Stegner epigrams, or the "scenes capturing the weather." Maybe its the wolves or another look at youth.
Hope to be at the Kings English Saturday afternoon to hear the author.
Met the author and bought her book for Karen who was a childhood friend of...more
But the main characters really do a lot of growing and changing. They're not the same people at the end of the book as they were at the start, and it happens so skillfully that you don't even realize the gradual progress. I like the romantic relationship and I like the fact that this is a CLEAN book really, without a...more
And the story is pretty good, too. A awkwardly clumsy, but ultimately likeable girl feels like an outcast in her small town. Think Bella from Twilight, but with more substance...and likeable. With LOADS of nonfiction info about wolves, it walked the line of sounding like a textbook but never actually crossed it. With the exception of a ridiculously melodramatic moment near the end, the book felt plausible.
My one beef with this book and the reason I bumped it from 4 st...more
To me this book is about friendship, first love, seeing all sides of a situation, being a creative and empathetic problem solver, and the diffe...more
but i didn't even finish it. i DID NOT like the characters.
the father is an ass hole. the whole town is a bunch of Neanderthals. and the main characters is a really courageous kind of person, but SHE NEVER says anything to her dad! Not in what i read!
and i couldn't get over that.
GROW SOME LADY BALLS.
the whole time she's standing up to the crude people in the town, she never st...more
A practical, environmental teen novel that will be enjoyed by many. Great for mother-daughter book clubs, contemporary rural fiction, and clean YA romance.
More to come on www.my3books.com
I loved, loved, loved this book. KJ's voice was so strong and clear and hilarious. You have no idea who the "bad guy" is going to turn out to be, and even in the end, there's no real bad guy. Chandler's take on the wolf reintroduction issues is very informed and carefully thought out.
Here's my nitpicks - typos! Actual...more
I don't usually gravitate toward contemporary novels, but I liked these books because they gave me a lot to think about. The characters are flawed and ordinary, but trying to "change the p...more
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