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Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
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Jul 20, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from July 20 to 21, 2011

This is a Young Adult novel I borrowed from my local library-- since I'm interested in working with children in young adults, I thought I should continue reading some YA books on my own.

I was incredibly surprised by this book. One of the things people always say about YA books is that they're "real," and I completely agree this book seemed "real." Brande did an amazing job creating a 9th grade narrator who seemed completely realistic. She stayed away from trying to use current slang and other annoying language that usually makes me cringe when I read YA novels. Her portrayal of adults was also so realistic. The one thing that was a little bit of a stretch was how the narrator's (Mena's) parents treated her after she wrote the boy who got bullied by the Christian group she used to be a part of. I guess it was a good lesson to kids that, if you see something bad going on, you should tell an adult first and foremost and not try to take things into your own hands, because that can hurt other people as well (though my completely liberal mind felt like they got what they deserved), but I still had a hard time really believing that Mena's parents would really be more sympathetic to the church than to their own daughter, who was really doing the right thing. But overall, I really ended up loving this book!

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