Rachelle Burke Burke de Kalia, Odisha, India
SUPER pour ceux qui aiment la fiction historique.
Though this story took a little while to really draw me in, when it finally did, WOW! The story was amazing and thought-provoking, the characters were amazing, and the writing was subtle and intriguing. The plot twisted and turned throughout the book and I never knew what was coming next. I cannot wait to read the sequel! Coming out in November!
Boy.... boy do I have mixed feelings about this book! So to break it down for you, I've made a list of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly! The good *Fanboy is a likable character for the most part. I really enjoyed how real he was in terms of being a teenager and the struggles he dealt with as such... like having a step-dad, dealing with a mom who is being irrational, and adults who won't listen to him. Often I feel like adults forget these things when they are dealing with kids. They seem to always forget how they felt as a teenager when they were mistreated, yet they do it over and over again as adults. I was particularly pissed off when his mom was making the convention seem like no big deal. As an adult, it angered me! I thought "To you, it might mean nothing but this is something REALLY important to your son and how dare you just dismiss it as if it's nothing!" Haha... I really can't stand it when adults dismiss kids (of any age) and their likes, dislikes, opinions, etc. *The writing - the writing was really interesting. Written sloppily at times but with eloquence other times. I enjoyed the contrast. It made the story seem more real. *Cal! Nuff said *The step-dad, Tony! I was really, really pleased how that all worked out *The popular, beautiful girl was surprisingly human and just as pissed off about things as he was. I totally dug that! The bad *It really ticked me off that Fanboy was always so mad at Cal for playing lacrosse. It really pissed me off because he was always bitching about how people picked on him for being him, but then he couldn't support his best friend simply because it was something he didn't like. There were actually other instances where this applied... I often thought "How can you be bitching about this but doing it yourself?" and yeah, I get it... teenager, that's how they are. But it still made me angry. I was really mad with how he treated Cal. He was constantly whining about not having any friends and then he treated his one friend like dirt. Well, no wonder Fanboy...no wonder. *Fanboy's mom. Ugh! She drove me nuts! She has the best son in the world - gets good grades, stays out of trouble, is smart... but she treats him like he's some sort of felon. The ugly *Kyra!! Good god!! I mean seriously, I'd say don't even get me started but this is a review, and so I have to get started. I'm not sure if this was a character, as a reader, we were supposed to think was strong, independent, and bad ass...but I thought she was annoying, desperate, and a downright nasty bitch (yeah, another instance of someone complaining about how people are and then being the exact same way). I really wanted Fanboy to ditch her. She is an awful friend. And I know I'm probably supposed to feel sorry for her for the trauma she's dealt with, but I don't. She can make a choice and she chose wrong, so I don't feel sorry for her. Because of how much I hated her, I will not be reading the sequel. I can't even imagine reading an entire book with her as the main character without wanting to claw my eyes out at every page. Every time she was around, I found myself getting so agitated. I don't know how he put up with her or even WANTED to be her friend! Seriously, ditch her dude, you'll be better off. Overall, there were times I liked the book and other times I wanted to light it on fire. I will not be reading the sequel because Kyra is not a character anyone should have to suffer reading about. I did, however, really enjoy the writing and the style of writing. The book is very humanized, which I really like. I like being able to read a book that I can say "This stuff actually really happens" and the teens in it were real. That was cool. My advice - you'll have to check it out for yourself. Some people loved it. Some people hated it. I'm somewhere right in the middle. But I must admit I am a bit disappointed. I really wanted to love this book.