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The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington
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Apr 20, 08

bookshelves: post-apocalyptic, sf, teen
Read in April, 2008

A entertaining & compulsively readable teen SF novel. When Toni V finds the diary of Pelly D in the rubble of a war-demolished plaza, he is immediately entranced by her vivid descriptions of her seemingly perfect life as a wealthy, beautiful, and popular teenager. Reading about Pelly's carefree existence is a welcome and engrossing escape from Toni's daily routine of backbreaking labor. But as he reads on, Pelly's world, riven by bigotry and distrust, begins to splinter and disintegrate in frightening ways. By switching back and forth between Pelly's diary and Toni's thoughts, L.D. Adlington skillfully leads the reader to a final and chilling realization about the connection between Pelly and Toni's worlds.

Like M.T. Anderson's Feed, The Diary of Pelly D tackles heavy themes like social inequality, propaganda, and genocide with subtley and ambiguity -- it lets readers come to their own conclusions about what happened to Pelly without hitting them over the head with a certain "message." I think this book would prompt a lot of GREAT discussion in book clubs.

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