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The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
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Dec 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 99-problems, bizarre-medical-problems, dead-girls-abound, i-love-awkward-teenagers-in-fiction, svu-esque, teenagers-in-peril, ya
Read in December, 2011

Sometimes with books like this, I can't bear to get through them. I read like ten pages at a time, I start another book--all in hopes of avoiding a seemingly inevitable outcome that results in the horrible wasting away of the teenage protagonist. And by books like this I mean books where the teenage protagonist just gets the shit kicked out of them--physically and emotionally--by life.

I guess I'm a bit of a coward like that.

However, in this book like that, Blythe Woolston's, The Freak Observer, I didn't worry. I read it all the way because as the storm of shit seeks to destroy Loa, our sixteen-year-old protagonist, I was utterly convinced that she would be fine. Loa, unlike a lot of the weak, needy girls that appear throughout YA literature masquerading as heroines, is a survivor. And I mean a bloody survivor--and not in the Destiny's Child sort of way that means wearing a lot of military-inspired booty shorts--and she's smart. Emotionally intelligent and pretty gosh darn good at math and science.

Finally, a book to pass along to my teenage girls that I'm not ashamed of...
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