Without going into everything I liked/didn't like (you can get comprehensive lists from other people) Bella is basically a Mary Sue and she needs a seWithout going into everything I liked/didn't like (you can get comprehensive lists from other people) Bella is basically a Mary Sue and she needs a serious reality check. How she got through four books with dangerous adventures and never got seriously injured (the one time she did, the thing that she seemingly wanted the most happened), nor did she lose anyone close to her is beyond me....more
Meg Cabot writes about the most implausible things -- this book is about a brain transplant victim -- yet she still manages to be rather compelling asMeg Cabot writes about the most implausible things -- this book is about a brain transplant victim -- yet she still manages to be rather compelling as a writer. Now if only she could curb her tendency to use multiple sets of en dashes in a single sentence...
What this book really lacked, though, was a climax. Yes, it's the first book in the series, but other than setting up a conspiracy (Em learns that someone is spying on her/Nikki) nothing really happens. We only get to see two days of Em/Nikki after she left the hospital. I hope that the sequel, Being Nikki, actually explores more conflict....more
Initially, Exile in the Kingdom was difficult to start. Phillip is apathetic toward everything: the death of his stepfather, that his mother is neverInitially, Exile in the Kingdom was difficult to start. Phillip is apathetic toward everything: the death of his stepfather, that his mother is never home and only leaves vegetarian dinners in the freezer, his girlfriend, the fact that he brought a gun to school to impress his classmates and it's still sitting in his locker.
Phillip does like basketball and has close relationships with a few friends, but even those things make him seem indifferent. The only thing that seems to sink in is that his dog doesn't have arthritis in her hips -- instead, she'll have to be put down while he's at school on Monday. But when his principal and two policemen approach him for a confrontation, Phillip pulls out the AK-47 and starts shooting.
The book started to pick up after Philip is taken to the police station and begins to await his sentencing. Robert Harnum takes us through his initial arrival to the closing statements of the sentencing to the jury's verdict. It's hard to say what sentence I would vote for in Phillip's (or any other school shooter's) case, but this book, published in French long before an American publisher dared to take the chance with it, certainly made me think about how grateful I am that, unlike Phillip and his indifference to everything, I do care....more