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Without Tess by Marcella Pixley
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Jun 04, 12

bookshelves: truman-prelims-2012, 2012-overall, ugh-this-book
Read from May 29 to June 04, 2012

I feel bad giving this one a lower star rating like this, but it just was not my cup of tea. If it weren't for the fact that I was reading it to judge it and put it on a nominee list for 2013-14, I probably would not have started it at all. These types of books just don't speak to me. But even if I had picked it up of my own accord, I'm not sure I would have made it past about 50 or so pages in.

I feel like there's a lot of inferences required of the reader, and things that I can pick up on as an educator and adult that a tween or teen would not necessarily pick out as they're reading. And even with that, there was a lot of the situation that I just did not understand. But it still works given that we're seeing these things through the eyes of a fifteen year old looking back on life; and often our early memories are hazy and not quite as deep and connected as we would like them. Honestly, I probably would give it a 2.5 but as that's not an option, it was just too difficult for me to get into and felt like it may have some similar issues with the intended audience.
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Reading Progress

05/30/2012 page 23
8.0%
05/30/2012 page 51
18.0% "Oh my God, I can already tell this is going to be a struggle of a book...so much lack of interest on my part."

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