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The Amazing Life of Birds by Gary Paulsen
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Jul 15, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-literature-iii

I was pretty hesitant to read a Gary Paulsen book before I picked up "The Amazing Life of Birds", but I found Paulsen to be a creative and witty writer and quite enjoyable to read. This book details the pubescent crisis of Duane, a twelve year-old. Once Duane starts to notice the signs of his puberty, his whole world seems to come crashing down. His little mistakes in class turn into school-wide scandals. With few allies, Duane has to work through the trials of early puberty, including his rapidly changing body.

I loved this book. I loved Duane. He was so clever, insightful, and endearing. Paulsen created a character that could talk about puberty in a realistic voice that sounded true to the male character and wasn't borderline soft porn. In fact, this book has zero inappropriate material, because even the narrator is afraid to talk about the thoughts in his head or articulate them.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about a character so different from myself. I liked knowing what might have gone on in brothers' heads during such an integral change in their lives. I also like how Gary Paulsen gives an adequate mix of humor and reality.

Anyone could enjoy this book. It's just so fun to read.

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