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Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman
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Mar 30, 2010

really liked it
Read from March 22 to 30, 2010

Okay. This isn't King Dork 2. But it is an incredibly ambitious, dense, somehat frustrating, and incredibly courageous book. Frank Portman dares to give us an imperfect heroine who might or might not be mentally ill. He dares not to resolve every problem the book raises. (have you resolved your relationship with your parents?) and he dares to write a book about a character obsessed with the occult when the very mention of such things is enough to keep your YA novel off the shelves of many libraries. And oh yeah, he manages to present a teen heroine who is probably bisexual without coming across as either prurient or condescending. No mean feat.

The tarot stuff is occasionally a pretty tough slog, but, in the end, I just loved this character and would follow her through just about anything.

This book isn't as immediately loveable as King Dork, but it is still thrilling to watch a great author at work.

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