Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Tilt is the story of a boy struggling with the complete chaos his life has become....his mom is drinking too much and leaving too much on his shoulders...his dad left.....he has a crush on a girl that his friends say is a lesbian.....and he desperately wants to make it onto one of the basketball teams (though the cancellation of JV Basketball has destroyed that dream).  So, when his father waltzes back into his life along with his half brother, Stan is completely overwhelmed.  I really enjoyed getting to know Stan, who is lost and KNOWS he is lost but is really struggling with finding someone to just converse with, and hoping for a sign showing him what he is supposed to do while his world is crumbling around him and all the adults are less than trustworthy.  My only complaint is that the end got a bit wonky for me, as it felt like the author wasn't sure whether to tie up all the loose ends or leave them dangling....so did a bit of both.....

Sister Mischief SOUNDED like a very interesting story.....group of girls in Minnesota who have a hip hop group and are just trying to get through high school without being dragged down by the judgemental and stifling uber-conservative school they are in......unfortunately, I didn't fall in love with any of the characters......and the main character felt ....off.....like the author was trying soooo hard to sound like a hip lesbian rapper that she lost the voice of the teen character.  Maybe I just am not "cool enough" to buy it.....give it a shot and see what you think.

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