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Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman
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Aug 19, 10

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Read from June 30 to July 11, 2010

The title of the book gives nothing about the plot away, nor does the book jacket. In fact, nothing in the book indicates what the book is about until about midway through and that is a long time to wait for young adult readers. On page 2 this paragraph can be found: “One dream, one card, an otherworldly instant message, and dozens of synchs involving swords, boxes, and the vexing case of Twice Holy Soror Daisy Wasserstrom: it had been an unusually weedgie week.” Huh? The reader does not figure out what these words mean until later in the book and by that time most readers would have given up on the tarot and occult arcana and lack of a discernible plot. Even someone with slight knowledge of tarot cards and the occult is confused. If a teen can get through the first hundred pages or so, he or she might be mildly amused by how hard-of-hearing Andromeda mishears things her parents and friends say, her bully of a friend Rosalie van Genuchten’s catchphrase “I’m just kidding,” and her Holy Guardian Angel, Huggie.
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