"Because nobody needs to tell
I absolutely LOVED this book. I will confess that I found it amusing that Liz and Kate are best friends because my best friend is named Katelyn. In any case, the book itself it quite amazing. I love that it is written in free verse because it exhibits the creativity of the narrator -- Liz. Her complete love is for photography and her ideal hope is to constantly be in her "PMS" mood. The free verse not only conveys creativity of Liz's part, but it puts all the events, all the feelings, and all the characters into a "snap shot" -- the entire idea worded so precisely to convey the desired intention. I also loved the use of titles of the poems because not only did they care their own meaning, but some of them made you think what is going to happen next? It makes you want to keep flipping the pages until, eventually, you hit that last page.
As a teacher, I find this book to be one that could be taught, but the audience would have to considered because of an issue that is brought up in the book; I was thinking high school. Actually, while I was reading it, I thought it could be taught along side Speak! There are so many similarities among the two books that it would be interesting to use them together. For an activity, since loss and relationships play a key role, I was thinking of using a pre-reading activity to prepare them for the reading. Some questions I had in mind were, "How far would you go for a family member if they did something wrong?" or "Have you ever lost a best friend? If so, what happened?" Post reading I was thinking of addressing the style of writing and how it affected them as an audience: Did they like this type of narration? Why or why not? Did the free verse make this a better reading experience? How come? I also wanted to do an activity of having the students "predict" what could happen next by creating a poem of their own!