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Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
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Jan 25, 10

bookshelves: printz-honor

I really don't know how to rate this book, or what to say about it. I'm torn. I don't feel like it's a book that I could recommend to many people, but at the same time the writing was very well done. The voice of the main character- Jamie/Punkzilla was very strong and very real. There wasn't a whole lot I could relate to- I'm not, and have never been/never will be a wacky, stoner, 14 yr old boy with a crappy life living on the streets, but I felt that I was as connected to this character as is possible for someone so completely different. There was a strong sense of person within this story. I can definitely see and understand why it was in the running to win a printz medal. I thought it was well written, and well thought out. However, it was a little much for me at times. I don't really know how to explain it, but there were times that it seemed a little too crass; almost like the author was trying just a little too hard to make the story really gritty and really cutting. That is why this book gets 3 instead of 4 stars. Sometimes, it's better to just let the story go, and not try so hard to make it happen...
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