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Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman
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Jun 18, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: punk-ya-fic, audiobook
Read in June, 2010

I liked "King Dork", so this had been in the queue for a while. This is another coming-of-age story about an awkward teen at the very bottom of the social totem pole. In this case, it's Andromeda Klein, a teenage girl obsessed with magic, tarot, and the occult. Her best friend recently passed away, her older-guy crush won't text her, her parents are nutty, her hair is awful, her friends are more like "frenemies"...This may sound like your standard young adult fare, but throw in lots of randomly-obscure and esoteric references to ancient mythology and magic, a talking guardian angel, an entire lexicon of words misheard by Andromeda due to a rare medical condition, and you've got yourself one weird book. Portman can't resist throwing in punk/rock/indie references and characters here and there, but they certainly aren't the focus like they were in "King Dork".

It takes a while to get into this, (if this might be the type of thing that you could get into in the first place), and if I hadn't already loaded the first 6 discs into my car's CD player for my commute, I might not have stuck it out. However, I eventually enjoyed my small dose of craziness each morning on my way to work. Ultimately, this is one of those books that I just can't properly critique. There were a lot of things left hanging throughout the story and an ending that just didn't really do it for me. Bottom line, you probably won't like it. I don't think I did...
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