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School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari
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Jan 24, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: youngadult
Read in January, 2010

Not every book I read can be a great one. In fact, I'm not sure I want every book I read to be a great one. There is something to be said for a good book that is a light, entertaining read. School of Fear was a light, entertaining read. It was just a bit too light for me.

The premise of School of Fear is that four teenagers with various phobias are sent to rural Massachusetts to overcome their fears. This book is populated with quirky characters, set in a funky mansion and contains a plot that stretches the bounds of your imagination. So even though I'm only giving this book two stars, I gave it to my ten year old to read. I don't think she will mind the implausibility of it all. I frankly didn't mind it, either. I just wanted it to be executed a bit better.

This is one of the perils of reading young adult fiction. Often, YA books have plenty of depth to hold my attention and I enjoy the fast pacing. But every now and then, I come across a book that really was designed for a ten to twelve year old and while I can read it, it's not designed to entertain me. This doesn't mean I'll stop reading YA books. For every YA book that leaves me wanting more, there are a dozen that satisfy me. But unless you are a boy or girl ages 8ish to 12ish, I'd give this particular book a pass...

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message 1: by Kim (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kim I agree, its a childish book, 8-10 yr old. I read this to my 8 year olds and loved it! we all found it hysterical, but its not something I would have read for my own enjoyment.

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