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The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos
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A truly superb book. One of my favourites. Literary without being pretentious, interesting without being contrived, gothic without being repulsive. This book was deeply creepy, eerie and fascinating. The characters were amazingly well-drawn. The entire book held together as a coherent whole. It was very intelligent and empathic. I loved that Gantos stayed away from the typical teen cliches - there is no romance here (except of the twisted familial kind), no boyfriends and no ridiculous subplots. It's tight, snappy and charming. Gantos is not afraid to stray into the darker regions of Gothic life and never misses a beat, encompassing history (while never stuffy), incest (while never exploitative) and taxidermy. Simply brilliant.
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03/18/2016 marked as: read

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