The protagonist of this book made me ill. There is teen angst and then there is just whining. Lee Fiora is a whiner. Parts of the book were actually o...moreThe protagonist of this book made me ill. There is teen angst and then there is just whining. Lee Fiora is a whiner. Parts of the book were actually offensive. She has a secret crush on the most popular guy in her grade, they have one encounter their freshman year and no real contact again until they are seniors. So, this guy shows up, drunk, in the middle of the night; they have not talked in three years, and within ten minutes he has his hand in her underwear, AND SHE IS FINE WITH THIS! Ugh!
She also has to be one of the most ungrateful individuals I have read. She is at boarding school on a scholarship and her parents pay a small portion of her tuition. Instead of acknowledging the sacrifice they have made all she does is scorn the small amount that they pay. She does receive a well deserved slap from her dad. It was my favorite part.
I put this on my YA shelf because of the age of the characters. However, I would never recommend it for a teen to read. For that matter I wouldn't advise that anyone read this, hence the single star- my least frequent rating. (less)
This may be my favorite book of 2009. Though Ms. Garcia and Ms. Stohl have the credentials, I initially shied away from this novel because it is co-a...more This may be my favorite book of 2009. Though Ms. Garcia and Ms. Stohl have the credentials, I initially shied away from this novel because it is co-authored. I'm not usually a fan of team written books. I find that too often they are plot driven and the characters voices are never gotten just right. However, after seeing it pop-up in a number of favorable reviews I decided to give it a chance. It was WONDERFUL! The story is set in Gatlin, South Carolina where shockingly little has changed over the last one-hundred years (just the way the townfolk like it, thank you very much). Pedigree is important and outsiders are not welcome. The voice of this tale is sixteen year-old Ethan Wate whose mother was just such an outsider though his father is of old family. Ethan cannot wait to escape Gatlin.-- Then a new girl arrives in the form of Lena Duchannes who is not only an outsider, but is determined to be a freak before lunch on the first day of school. Ethan is uncomfortable with his classmates treatment of Lena but then finds himself reeling when he discovers that this is the girl that he has been having dreams about for the past several months. What unfolds is a rich Southern Gothic that makes you want to read it under a tree with hanging spanish moss while sipping iced tea. The characters are beautifully drawn, the story is smoothly paced and there is just enough humor to provide relief in the dark tale. I miss everybody I met in Gatlin. (less)
This is currently my favorite contemporary male YA book. This is the journey of a confused boy to manhood. He has learned the concept of choices/conse...moreThis is currently my favorite contemporary male YA book. This is the journey of a confused boy to manhood. He has learned the concept of choices/consequences, but that doesn't mean there isn't a long way to go. I read with my heart pounding and the book shaking as he struggled with hardest choice of all. It is a powerful book written with humor and sensitivity. (less)
Very sharp writing. I avoided this book for two years because of the cover. Even when I bought it I ordered it by mail. As soon as I was done I devour...moreVery sharp writing. I avoided this book for two years because of the cover. Even when I bought it I ordered it by mail. As soon as I was done I devoured the rest of the series. All the teen characters are likable and the adults aren't stupid. The action was good and the story leaves you anxious to see what happens next. But, the best reason to read this book is because it is funny.(less)