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Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick
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Nov 08, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: feminist-y-books, kids-books, read-in-2009
Read in October, 2009

the blog ("fine lines" on jezebel) is vastly superior to the book, which seemed to be culled almost entirely from the blog with only minor edits, plus some solicitations from name YA authors in an effort to attract...current YA readers? i really can't imagine that current YA readers would give a flying fuck what lizzie skurnick thinks of the westing game, so this makes little sense to me. i mean, i LOVE my YA snarks & was a religious followed to the "fine lines" blog before lizzie went on extended hiatus to put this book together. & this is actually the first book i have paid money for (as opposed to putting it on hold at the library) in months. now i feel like i made the wrong choice. i doubt i will ever read this book again, & the only people i'd feel comfortable recommending it to are maybe grad students working on theses about contemporary responses to canonical YA literature or something. it's not a terrible book...i just didn't get very much out of it. the writing was great for a blog & not so great for a book, it clocked in at over 400 pages long, & in book form, the synopses read like amateur book reports more than anything else. really disappointing.
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