My first introduction to Berin L. Stephens’s works was his book “Time Gangsters.” I thoroughly enjoyed that book and looked forward to reading more frMy first introduction to Berin L. Stephens’s works was his book “Time Gangsters.” I thoroughly enjoyed that book and looked forward to reading more from him. I had several books I had committed to reading before I was able to read “The Dragon War Relic”—but it was worth the wait.
Despite the ominous title, this book is really lighthearted. Yes, there are interesting characters and engaging storylines, but the humor is the strength of this book. I laughed time and again at the many sci-fi and fantasy references through the book. Some are more obvious than others, but when I came across some of the more subtle ones, I loved it. Now that I think about it, I’m sure I missed a few because they are so prevalent in the book.
The premise may seem familiar: a boy is given a powerful item from a stranger, and thereby he is thrust into an adventure. I personally like these kind of stories, though they can get repetitive at times. However, that isn’t the case with “The Dragon War Relic.” Stephens takes the premise and turns it on its side.
The book has a great story, but it never takes itself too seriously. I thing I really enjoyed was how the book twisted near the end. I thought I had it pegged on what was going on, but there was a nice twist that I thought was brilliant. And no, I’m not going to spoil it for you.
Who would like this book? It’s a safe, clean read for middle school children and up. Although the book has a male lead character, I believe either gender would enjoy it.
Now excuse me while I go do the Havoc Stomp. ...more
There is a fairly new term being thrown around to describe a certain type of personality. It’s “adorkable.” Why do I bring this up at the start of a bThere is a fairly new term being thrown around to describe a certain type of personality. It’s “adorkable.” Why do I bring this up at the start of a book review? Because the main character, Cassidy “Cassie” Christensen is adorkable. In other words, she’s a bit odd, but in a funny and cute way.
The theme of the book is about running—not only literarily but also figuratively. Cassie is twenty-five and at a crossroads of sorts in her life. Her parents were killed by some not so nice men. She lives with her “Nana” and is working at a job she doesn’t enjoy.
At the encouragement from her sister-in-law, she starts running. It begins innocently enough with a short 5K run. I won’t spoil the fun part of why she starts training for longer runs.
The book is really a tale of three stories. There is the mystery behind her parents’ death and potential threat to her. There is the story of Cassie’s inner struggle to train her body and mind to run. And then, at its very heart, is the romantic snarl in which she gets caught up.
Cassie finds herself drawn to two different men. One seems to be perfect and one is the kind she wouldn’t dare bring home to Nana. Cassie doesn’t realize that both of these men play a larger part in her life than she realizes.
So, what did I think about the book? Overall, it is a clean read. There are some intense parts, but there isn’t anything graphic and there isn’t any swearing.
What did I like? Checketts has an incredible sense of humor and it is reflected in Cassie. She’s one of the more dynamic characters I’ve read in quite some time. The story was overall satisfying—enough to keep me coming back to read more.
What did I struggle with? A couple of things. The middle of the book dragged a bit for me. Mainly because it dealt with the second thing I struggled with. As a male reader, I’ll admit some of Cassie’s actions drove me nuts—especially when she was ping-ponging between two men. “I like him! No wait! I like the other ‘him’ instead! Oh wait!” While this may be natural for some women, as a guy, it bothered me. Most likely because I’ve been married over twenty years and I’m hopelessly devoted to my wife.
Who would like this book? I’m going to have to go with the female demographic, ages sixteen and up. It’s got romance, action, suspense and a wholly entertaining main character. ...more
The Most Important Catch by Jaclyn M. Hawkes is really a tale of two stories. The dominate, and most interesting, is the love story between NFL supersThe Most Important Catch by Jaclyn M. Hawkes is really a tale of two stories. The dominate, and most interesting, is the love story between NFL superstar Robby “Rocket” Robideaux and 23-year-old nurse Kelly Campbell.
Many parts of their developing relationship were very well written. It reminded me of when I fell in love with my wife. The interaction between Robby and Kelly is at times sweet, while at other times, is it downright hilarious. Hawkes has a real talent for dialogue and humor. I found myself smiling on several occasions.
The second element of the story is why Kelly is on the run. I think Hawkes came up with a good reason for Kelly to be on the run, but that plotline played a significantly smaller part to the story. In other words, if you are expecting a page turning thriller, this isn’t it.
What is it then? It’s a love story with all its ups and downs, hopes and doubts, joys and heartbreaks. If that’s your cup of tea, you’ll enjoy this book.
Overall I enjoyed the book. It was a clean read with no objectionable material.
I should note this book is geared for LDS, or “Mormon” audiences. It pulls no punches in talking about faith, God and various elements of the LDS faith. The downside? If you aren’t familiar with LDS practices and beliefs, chances are you’ll be confused by several things in the book.
There are a couple of things that would have made the book more enjoyable to me. First, there was a lot of internal dialogue with the main characters sorting out their feelings. Some of it was quite repetitive and I found myself skipping over those parts. Second, it’s a picky thing, but there were a number of technical issues with the typesetting and layout of the book that distracted me.
If you are a fan of LDS fiction and romance books, you’ll certainly want to pick this book up!...more
I’ll admit I was a bit apprehensive when I learned that "The Keeper’s Calling" dealt with time travel. That’s tricky. It reminds me of the question, “I’ll admit I was a bit apprehensive when I learned that "The Keeper’s Calling" dealt with time travel. That’s tricky. It reminds me of the question, “What would happen if I went back and shot my grandfather?”
However, I’d heard good things about the book, so I kept an open mind and dove in.
At its very heart, it’s the story of seventeen-year-old Chase Harper. Like many young men his age, Chase meets a pretty girl (Ellie) who is different from all the other ones he had met before. There’s only one slight problem. He’s from 2011. She is from 1863. I’ve heard of May-December romances before, but this is a bit extreme.
Since there is time travel involved, Ellie and Chase are about the same age when they meet. Factor in Chase already has a girlfriend, and things get a bit sticky.
So, what is the rest of the story about? I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll share what’s on the back of the book:
“Chase Harper’s to-do list for senior year never included “fall in love” and “fight for your life,” but things rarely go as planned. Tarnished gold and resembling a pocket watch, the counter he finds in a cave during the summer of 2011 will forever change the course of his life, leading him to the beautiful Ellie Williams and unlocking a power beyond his wildest imagination.
In 1863, Ellie Williams completes school in Boston and returns to the Utah Territory only to discover that her grandfather and his counter, a treasured family heirloom, are missing. When Ellie is abducted and told she must produce the counter or die, an unexpected rescuer comes to her aid.”
There were many aspects of this book I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a character driven action / adventure / fantasy book. The action and adventure elements in the book play a supporting role to the characters. I actually cared when something happened to the characters.
I found the overall plot to be quite unique and unexpected. I kept wanting to categorize the book like, “Oh, it’s like such-and such” but I kept getting surprised.
Another thing I enjoyed was the insight on how a seventeen-year-old young man thinks. It brought back a lot of memories what I was that age … uh, a few years ago. Even more remarkable was that the book was written by a female, Kelly Nelson. I’m not saying that females can’t write good male characters, but I was impressed on how dead-on Nelson was.
Who would enjoy this? Who wouldn’t? It’s a clean read—but that doesn’t mean it’s boring.
And the best part? This is book one in a series. While it has a satisfying conclusion, it leaves the door wide open for all sorts of shenanigans to happen in the future … or past … or, well, you get my point. ...more
I make it a point not to read other reviews of books I’m reading. That is, at least until I’ve completed it and have written my own review. Having saiI make it a point not to read other reviews of books I’m reading. That is, at least until I’ve completed it and have written my own review. Having said that, I couldn’t help but see all the positive things written about Darkspell on Facebook and Goodreads. I was fortunate enough to get a collector’s edition, numbered copy of the book. So with great anticipation, I dove into Darkspell. What is the book about? It’s told in first person, through the eyes of Winter Sky, a seventeen / eighteen year-old young woman who meets the young man of her dreams (literally) in the person of Alex Stormhold. The first part of the book has Winter actively seeking out Alex, yet finding herself somehow involved with his older brother, Jareth. During this time, strange things begin to happen—things that Winter can’t explain, but seem to be tied to Alex, Jareth and their family. Mueller knows her audience and writes accordingly. In my opinion, readers of the female persuasion are the target audience. Why do I think that? Much of the book is Winter trying to sort out not only all the strange things happening around her, but also her feelings. I’ve never been a teenage young woman, nor do I plan to be one in the future. As a 40ish year old man, I’ll admit I had some trouble relating to Winter. Several times in the book, she wants nothing to do with Alex and his family for one reason or another. And then there are just as many times where all she can think about is Alex. What I had to keep telling myself is that just because as an adult male I don’t think that way, doesn’t mean a teenager wouldn’t. I have a couple of teenage daughters, and so when I started reading the book and relating it to them, I gained more of an appreciation of Mueller’s talent to capture Winter’s thoughts and feelings. The only other concern I had with the book was the logistical flow. It’s hard for me to describe what I mean, so let me see if I can give an example. Again, we are inside Winter’s head during the book, with the vast majority of the time reading about her thoughts and feelings. Yet, characters still needed to get from point A to point B, or events needed to happen around her to inspire emotions in Winter. At times, I felt the events were rushed and I’d have to go back and re-read a single line that would explain the setting. Again, that’s more of how my mind works, and not necessarily a negative thing in Mueller’s writing. One thing I really enjoyed was the illustrations that Mueller herself drew. They did two things for me. First, they helped the characters come alive. Second, because Mueller drew them herself (and they are amazing), I could feel her connection to the characters which added an extra layer of depth to the book. Who would enjoy the book? I’m still leaning on the female audience on this one—ages 15 and up in my opinion. Though it is a clean read, I don’t think younger readers would be able to relate to Winter’s feelings and actions. All in all, I wonderful novel by a truly talented person. ...more
Julia D. Halstead (primarily known as JD) is something of a paradox. She's a project manager for a construction company, yet she wears high heels andJulia D. Halstead (primarily known as JD) is something of a paradox. She's a project manager for a construction company, yet she wears high heels and carries a zebra striped purse. She shows the ability of commanding a room full of contractors bidding for a project, while at the same time finds herself turning to jelly when one of the well built, young and handsome contractors smiles at her. While she has never had any use for religion, things from the spiritual world have use for her.
"Fall" tells of JD's first solo assignment--renovating an old school house in the small town of Torrey, Utah into a bed and breakfast. The project will take several months. JD finds life in the small town a far cry from life in LA. Soon, construction is underway, and despite her better judgment, she becomes romantically involved with Matthew, one of her contractors. Little does she know that Matthew's interest in her isn't just romantic, but he needs her to carry out his devious plans.
I was delighted when I was asked to review this book. I met Jennifer at the August Authorama where she was enlisted to do facing painting. I was blown away by her talent, and even let her work her magic on my cheek!
Imagine my surprise when I was told she was a writer as well. It's not fair for someone to be that talented!
Despite my previous experience with Jennifer, I wanted to make sure to write an honest review of her book. I'm happy to say that she has decided to update the cover from the copy that I got. The first cover wasn't bad, it just doesn't have the impact of the new cover.
One of the first things I noticed was the details of what a construction project manager does on a day to day basis. I was impressed because it added a level of credibility to the story and the main character. It wasn't until I finished the book that I learned that Jennifer once worked in the construction industry. So I applaud her with using the experience from her life in the book.
JD, as a character, is hard not to like. At 21 years old, she is trying to prove herself in what is primarily a man's world. But at the same time, she is also a woman who finds herself attracted to one of her contractors--something which is a bit of a no-no.
I didn't look at the back blurb of the book before I started reading. It's something of a habit of mine. Too often, I feel, the blurbs give too much away. While I don't think that is the case with "Fall", I went into the book not knowing what to expect. For the beginning part of the book, it started to feel like a romance. There are a lot of descriptions of how JD feels about Matthew and the conflicting emotions that come from following her heart and trying to show her Grandpa (the owner of the company) that she is able to handle a project on her own.
The story then takes a left turn and introduces that things aren't what they appear. And no, I'm not going to spoil it for you. Suffice it to say, JD is given much more to handle than a construction project.
I honestly enjoyed reading "Fall". I thought the characters were well defined and interesting. The chapters were short, and the story was limited to very few points of few which helped it move along well. Even being a man, I felt what JD was feeling--which isn't easy for an author to get me to do.
The story delves into some pretty dark places at times--not graphic in nature, but there were times where things became downright spooky and creepy. At the same time, there are heroic characters who give you someone to cheer for and bring hope to the events that surround JD.
Who would enjoy this book? I'd say its geared for more of a mature audience--not really for tweens. There isn't any bad language, nor are there graphic scenes of sex or violence, yet the emotions and events may be too much for younger readers.
Overall, I would like to congratulate Jennifer Hurst on a wonderful book. I wish you the best of success and I look forward to reading more of your work! ...more
I'll admit this is a book I've been looking forward to read. I've gotten to know Andrea Pearson some over the last little while as she reviewed the fiI'll admit this is a book I've been looking forward to read. I've gotten to know Andrea Pearson some over the last little while as she reviewed the first edition of The Hidden Sun and then later, she was at the August Authorama where I launched the second edition of my first novel. She's a very nice person who always seems to have a smile on her face.
The Key of Kilenya is a fantasy book that centers around 14 year-old Jacob Clark. The challenge in writing any fantasy book is setting up the rules for which the characters act. In other words, what can they or can't they do in the realm of the story. Often authors explain the differences through the eyes of someone we can related with, like with the Harry Potter books. As Harry discovers about magic, so do we as the readers. Now, I'm not saying that this book is a clone of Harry Potter--far from it. It is certainly has its own feel and distinct setting.
Because we are told the story through a 14 year-old boy's eyes, it may seem at first that he was accepting the changes around him a bit too easily. That was my first impression until I remembered what it was like to be that age. I wasn't as jaded or skeptical as I am now. Once I realized that, Jacob's reactions seemed much more rational.
So, what is this story about? Well, here is the blurb from the back of the book which sums it up quite nicely:
"When two vicious wolves chase fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark down a path from our world into another, his life is forever changed. He has no idea they have been sent by the Lorkon—evil, immortal beings who are jealous of powers he doesn’t know he possesses—powers they desire to control.
The inhabitants of the new world desperately need Jacob's help in recovering a magical key that was stolen by the Lorkon and is somehow linked to him. If he helps them, his life will be at risk. But if he chooses not to help them, both our world and theirs will be in danger. The Lorkon will stop at nothing to unleash the power of the key—and Jacob's special abilities."
The book borders on the edge of being a fun fantasy and being downright spooky. There are a lot of fun moments, especially with the Minyas. And then there are times when I found myself engrossed in the scarier scenes. Even then, it's not too graphic as to be inappropriate for teenagers.
I enjoyed the device of starting most chapters as entries from someone's journal. (I won't say who--I don't want to spoil things) It was like there were two parallel stories running that join up toward the end. There is a different tone between the two stories which showed me that Pearson's narrative of Jacob was designed and executed well.
I had a chat with her a little before I got the book and she kept gushing about the follow up to The Key of Kilenya. I'm most certainly happy there is one written. The book left me wanting more and though it didn't really end in a cliff hanger, it did leave several questions unanswered.
As for who would like this book? I'd say teenagers and up who enjoy fantasy books. There are some scary moments, but there isn't any swearing or adult situations.
Overall, I would most certainly say this book is worth a read, or two, or three. . ....more
I had to read this book for one of my Master's in Creative Writing class. I found the thematic elements of self-identity versus the desire to fit intoI had to read this book for one of my Master's in Creative Writing class. I found the thematic elements of self-identity versus the desire to fit into a larger group very well done.
It also gave me a wider view of the current Native American culture.
I felt there were parts that were not appropriate for younger readers--and frankly added nothing to the story. That's what kept the book from getting 5 stars from me....more
The book was a terrifying look of slavery life told in a non-conventional manner. I had a little trouble suspending my disbelief on the basic concept-The book was a terrifying look of slavery life told in a non-conventional manner. I had a little trouble suspending my disbelief on the basic concept--which is never explained. Certainly it is a personal preference, but because I couldn't buy into the major events, I had a hard time engrossing myself in the other elements.
It is well written and has my respect because the author dared to break tradition with her subject matter....more
**spoiler alert** Kicking Against The Pricks Hannah, a fifteen-year-old from New Mexico explains why she doesn’t like to read teen novels. She said, “**spoiler alert** Kicking Against The Pricks Hannah, a fifteen-year-old from New Mexico explains why she doesn’t like to read teen novels. She said, “All teen books seem to be the same to me. They all have similar themes and plots.” (17) This quote is taken from K. L. Going’s book Writing and Selling the YA Novel. When considering what makes a novel influential or exemplary, it makes sense that it isn’t enough to write what every other author is writing—there needs to be something different about a book that makes it stand out among its peers. With this in mind, I deliberated over the novel The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier and why some would consider it to be influential and possibly exemplary. My conclusion was that Cormier elected to write a novel that purposefully went against the grain of young adult novels in that the moral of the story conflicts with the notion that young adult novels should be tools to teach young readers a positive life lesson. Instead, Cormier creates a tale of the negative consequences of “disturbing the universe.” Written in 1974, The Chocolate War is set in a private Catholic high school. A secret society run by students called The Vigils is nothing but a glorified gang whose members initiate acts of defiance and disturbance. The book is told in third person omniscient—something not often seen in today’s young adult novels. Using this tool, Cormier uses several primary characters to tell his story: Jerry Renault, a freshman who wants to be quarterback on the school’s football team. Archie Costello, an upperclassman who is in charge of inventing and assigning the various tasks given by The Vigils. Brother Leon, the Assistant Headmaster who takes over when the Headmaster becomes ill. Brother Leon decides that a school fund raiser of selling twenty thousand boxes of chocolates (double the number from the previous year) is needed to keep the school afloat financially—or so he claims. Leon is aware of The Vigils and coerces Archie to get behind the sale. Archie agrees, yet in his malevolent manner assigns Jerry the task of refusing to sell the chocolates—much to Brother Leon’s vexation. Jerry’s assignment for refusal is for only ten days, but he refuses to sell the chocolates even after the ten days had passed. Jerry is possibly inspired by a poster with a saying from T. S. Elliot which hangs in his locker that asks the question, “Do I dare disturb the universe?” Jerry’s actions inspire other students not to sell the chocolates, which infuriates Leon. The assistant headmaster then forces Archie to make the selling of chocolates the “popular” thing to do. In the end, all the chocolates are sold, except for Jerry’s quota. Archie gives Jerry a chance at redemption in participating in a fight against another student, Emile, who Archie is blackmailing, in front of the rest of the student body. One twist that Cormier adds is a counter balance to the Vigil’s assignments: a box with marbles in it, five white and one black. When Archie gives an assignment, he blindly selects a marble from the box. If it is black, he has to do the assignment himself. For the fight between Jerry and Emile, Archie pulls out a white marble, twice, and therefore doesn’t have to fight. Jerry gets beat up and sent to the hospital, Archie isn’t held responsible for his actions, and Brother Leon basically gets all the chocolates sold. The ending of the book is really the starting point of why this book is considered influential. Other books have tackled the notion of pseudo gangs, like Hinton’s The Outsiders, but Cormier’s story ends in a surprising, and tragic, manner. Good doesn’t triumph over evil. The “hero” in Jerry learns the lesson that he should just go along with everyone else instead of standing up for what he believes in. The “evil” headmaster isn’t punished for the way he intimidates students into selling a questionable amount of chocolates. Justice isn’t served with Archie pulling a black marble from the box before the fight. All of these elements differ from the norm, and therefore the expectation of the reader. In K. L. Going’s book Writing and Selling the YA Novel, she writes, “By the 1970’s books for teens had taken on a new realism that reflected the socials issues at the time.” (26) Cormier infers this when Jerry is confronted by a hippie. The hippie notices Jerry in his school uniform of a shirt and tie and tells him, “Square boy. Middle aged and fourteen, fifteen. Already caught in the routine. Wow.” (20) This notion of living a middle aged life at a young age is underlined with the daily ritual where Brother Leon calls out student’s names and wants a report on the number of boxes of chocolates they sold. It is not unlike many sales positions where an employee’s worth is based solely on his sales results. In order to avoid ridicule while at the same time seeking praise, some of the students turned to unethical behaviors. During one of the role calls, Leon notes that a student named Hartnett sold fifteen boxes, which he hadn’t. “It was ridiculous, of course, because Hartnett hadn’t sold any chocolates at all.” (202) Hartnett doesn’t object, because the consequences of admitting he didn’t actually sell the chocolates he deemed as worse than lying about the sales. The message Cormier sends is clear: go along with what the people in power tell you to do—don’t question it or fight against it, or you will lose. It seems that even some of the characters in his book can’t believe this notion, as when a boy named Obie tells Archie, “Someday, Archie, you’ll get yours.” (263) But Cormier dismisses this notion when he writes, “…but the words were automatic, Archie was always one step ahead.”(263) A possible meaning? If you are clever enough, you won’t have to deal with the consequences of your actions. In many ways, Cormier advocates the notion of “might makes right” and “the ends justifies the means”—ethical subjects debated for centuries. He uses the craft of third person omniscient to reinforce this by letting the reader inside the head of many different people, each coming to the same conclusion: there’s no use fighting against the tide. One of the characters, Goober, initially fights against the notion of selling the chocolate, but caves in by telling Leon he would sell them. He thinks, “Fifty boxes was a lot of chocolates but he was glad to say yes and get out of the spotlight.” (82) This concept challenges not only traditional young adult literature, but basic storytelling going back as far as Aesop’s fables where each story had a moral, something to be learned to better the person or the world. Cormier openly defies that notion, as well as using elements in The Chocolate War that were controversial; specifically, some subject matter and his portrayal of females. One of the major plot points involves Archie pretending he has a picture of Emile masturbating which Archie uses for blackmail. Later, Archie is trying to convince Jerry that what The Vigils are doing isn’t personal. To prove this point, Archie asks another student named Johnson, “How many times do you jack off every day?” (170) Cormier acknowledges the act of masturbation has one student, Emile, ashamed enough to force him to do what Archie wants, yet he includes references to the act casually in a forum where many of his readers may have the same feelings as Emile. There aren’t any major female characters in this book, of which to speak, but when they are mentioned, they are usually noted as objects for the boys to lust after—and it’s portrayed as a natural, accepted behavior. “Watching girls and devouring them with your eyes—rape by eyeball—was something you did automatically.” (141) This line was proceeded when one of the boys, Richy Rondell is described as “watching a girl approach. Fantastic looking. Tight sweater, clinging, low-slung jeans. Jesus.” (140) In both the cases of masturbation and female objectification, Cormier focuses his attention on the base needs of human behavior. In fact, much of his book does the same, using the “seven deadly sins” (wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony) as normal, and acceptable behavior—these behaviors are the way of the universe, and anyone who disturbs it will fail. It is this basic, tragic, and horrific view point of mankind which makes The Chocolate War stand out among other books of its time. Cormier manipulates the reader to thinking the end will be as many Christians believe: living good now—fighting and resisting the seven deadly sins—will result in a heavenly reward. Instead, he portrays the opposite. It is an irony considering the setting is a Catholic school. In some ways, The Chocolate War paved the way for books to challenge the status quo—to do something different than anyone else—and therefore cements itself as a trailblazer of sorts. Yet, upon reviewing the manner in which this was done, whether the book in and of itself is exemplary is questionable. Influential? Certainly. The fact that it is a book recommended to read for a Master’s level class almost 40 years after it was first published is a showing of its influence. Yet, the book has been put on challenged and banned lists for years. It seems because Cormier kicked too hard against the pricks, his novel comes across as purposefully negative—there isn’t a redeeming moment nor is there any indication that any of the students will have a positive consequence for making a morally right choice. Some people find this objectionable. April, age not given, from New Mexico gives this quote in Going’s book, “My biggest pet peeve is that authors don’t have many positive things to say about teenagers. Usually they will write about the things teens do wrong, instead of the positive things teens do.” (146) Melody, age seventeen, from Michigan notes about one of her favorite characters, “I loved her because she stood up for what she believed in and did what she thought was right. She didn’t let the pack change her mind.” (69) This is evidenced further when the movie version was made based on the book. In the end scene, Archie pulls out a black marble and justice is somewhat served when he is forced to fight Jerry. Jerry goes on to win the fight, instead of losing it. Archie also loses his standing in The Vigils as Obie takes over as The Assigner. The ending was no doubt altered to have more of an uplifting, “Hollywood” ending—making it more appealing to the masses. While Cormier’s book resonated with some people for his unapologetic story in The Chocolate War, there is a reason why the majority of written novels have a so-called happy ending, or at the very least a moral. Teens, as well as people in general, need something to hope for—that pain now will mean gain later. Cormier’s book shuns this notion, which certainly isn’t the same as every other novel out there, but neither does it make it exemplary.
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Works Cited Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War. Dell Laurel Leaf Books, 1974. 263 pages. Print. Going, K. L. Writing and Selling the YA Novel. Writer’s Digest Books, 2008. 214 pages. Print. ...more
Another book I had to read for my Master's in Creative Writing degree. I feel the book is fresh in its honest approach of how a young adult would tellAnother book I had to read for my Master's in Creative Writing degree. I feel the book is fresh in its honest approach of how a young adult would tell a story, compared how an adult would write a cautionary tale to youth.
It's a bit dated, after all it was written in 1968.
Don't plan on cheering for the anti-heroes or hoping for a happy ending. This isn't a spoiler because everything is revealed at the start of the book....more