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The Children and the Wolves by Adam Rapp
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Feb 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: february-2012, young-adult-edgy, young-adult-fiction, young-adult-memorable-writing, young-adult-reader-advisor-book
Read from February 04 to 05, 2012

Adam Rapp won a Prinz Honor for PUNKZILLA, a wonderful but edgy Hero's Journey story about a young man strung out but trying to get to his terminally ill brother before he dies.

But I first discovered Rapp with his title, 33 SNOWFISH, a book that begins with the line, "On top of everything else, Booby's got the clap." Edgy. . .edgy. . .edgy. . .in 33 SNOWFISH, the characters are holding one of their baby brothers for ransom as they drive around in a van.

In THE CHILDREN AND THE WOLVES, multiple narrators, including a four-year-old hostage, weave a tale of desperation, loneliness, foggy-headed-ness, and manipulation.

With powerful lines that often read like Walt Whitman gone all crazy by the night fires, Rapp offers another work that will require some reader-advisory, but will also find readers who enjoy CRANK, TWEAKED, SMACK, 33 SNOWFISH, PUSH, and NOTHING.

This book will not be for all readers, but Rapp has a way and a means of making you look. . .and guiding through a reading that you might not be ready for. Every character in this book has found themselves in some kind of weird-ish clockwork display, and each turn of the page winds the key.

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Reading Progress

02/04/2012 page 58
02/05/2012 page 58
13.0% ""Lying to bounce made me feel all loose inside. Like my stomach was a sponged full of sewer water." Raw, edgy, over-the-top and a punch-in-the-gut. If you were able to hang with 33 SNOWFISH, Rapp is back again. And this time--he's brought wolves."
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