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Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
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Apr 07, 11

bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, grades-5-6, grades-7-8, orphans
Read in April, 2011

After the death of her mother, Zoe is sent to live with her reclusive uncle, Henry, whom she has never met. Zoe has had a life of misfortune with a mentally unstable mother and her plethora of loser boyfriends. She doesn't expect Henry to stick around for long, after all no one else ever has, so why should he be any different? As the months go by, though, she begins to learn that Henry may be worth trusting, as well as some of the other people who live nearby.
Ugh. I really wanted to like this book, I really did, but it fell short for me. First, too much was unbelievable. Zoe is a genius who tests out of her grade level but has never gone to school? Really? There's a wild boy living in the woods that no one knows about? And he keeps company with a white deer that every hunter would want to get there hands on? Yep, sure. Also, there are more characters then in a Russian Novel, and they're near impossible to tell apart. The villains in the book are painfully two dimensional, an evil mayor who will have that white deer's head on his wall for his son, who's really a budding artist which is unacceptable to the evil mayor? And the cat? What the hell is that cat talking about? That cat almost makes me not like cats and I keep company with two of them! And perhaps the worst part, there is just too much conflict. This book could have centered on just Zoe learning to trust Henry, but the author has too keep bringing in more and more conflict in an attempt to keep the plot rolling (I guess?). It's not just Henry and Zoe opening up and learning to trust, it's Henry's snotty gallery owner demanding that Henry have a show, it's Zoe's mothers estranged boyfriends showing up unannounced, it's the poor lady next door and her oh so weak heart. Ugh! I think this book has ADD...
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