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Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier
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Jul 26, 07

bookshelves: 2007
Read in July, 2007

i read a very favourable review of this trilogy somewhere, but i didn't like it that much. the story is split between sydney and new york city, which could have been interesting, but i found the gratuitous use of slang to distinguish the american and australian characters annoying, especially because the characters were all so dumb. one of the australians had the excuse of living in small towns her whole life and never getting to know anyone but her mother, but are there really americans who wouldn't understand "my grandmother and i don't get on", for example? maybe if i hadn't been so irritated i would have liked the book better... i didn't dislike it enough to not read the rest of the trilogy, though, especially since it's ya and therefore easy to read quickly.

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