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SkateFate by Juan Felipe Herrera
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Apr 26, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: poetry

This really wasn't my cup of tea. This little book combines poetry and journal entries to tell the story of a Hispanic foster child who was injured in an accident and now is confined to a wheelchair. He suffers bullying and abuse because he is not only physically challenged, but he is also gay. The journal entries are quite moving, but I couldn't get engaged with the poems (the bulk of the text), which are supposed to appeal to a young, hip crowd. Stanzas like "for the computer tech nerd--/licorice sticks tangled up into algebra/& a greasy skateboard losing it electric/for the seventeen & a half year old test-driving/a new speedy ride--" just don't grab me. I think there's a lot of good, edgy poetry for teens out there that would be a better choice.

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message 1: by Annie (new)

Annie It doesn't sound that great....

message 2: by J (new) - rated it 1 star

J Annie wrote: "It doesn't sound that great...."

Nope, this one will go on my list of least favorites...

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