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Misdirected by Ali Berman
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Nov 20, 2014

really liked it

Received free digital ARC for review.

"Misdirected" was a fast paced and enjoyable read. As someone from Massachusetts who was not raised in a religious household, I could relate to Ben. Although I grew up in a small conservative town so people did tease me because of it, but no where near what Ben faces in the book.

I liked that the characters weren't static, they were human beings that would make mistakes and many tried to grow from them. I was a bit worried that the book was headed in an antireligious direction at the beginning, but by the end it felt completely different. I was really impressed with how "Misdirected" handled the issue of religion in our country; it is a polarizing issue that can't be ignored. This book could help facilitate some wonderful discussions on the topic. I really liked how the book ended. It was hopeful without having that afternoon TV special feeling.

I just realized that some of what I just said might have made the book sound boring, but it isn't! Even if you don't want to read about religious differences, there are plenty of classic teen moments! Ben has his first kiss, people are sneaking out of their houses, there is bullying, first day at a new school jitters and family drama; "Misdirected" even has magic! I will say that the magic was probably what I liked least out of this book, but at least it made Ben unique. I appreciated his passion for it in the end.

Bottom line, interesting book with great characters that tackles a timely topic without slowing down the plot. I definitely recommend it.
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Reading Progress

November 20, 2014 – Shelved
November 21, 2014 – Started Reading
November 23, 2014 – Finished Reading

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