Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Saleena's reviews 5/6/15

I was so excited to get this, I pretty much grabbed it and read it as soon as it came into the library.  This is the second volume of Lewis' life story, and like the first volume, it bounces between the modern day congressman and his past life in the center of the civil rights movement.  The art is really good and the story is real, I think everyone should read this series.

I think there's something wrong with me....*checks forehead for fever*  For the second year in a row, I LIKE the Printz award winning novel.  This is so not like me!  I put off reading this because of the buzz (I don't always agree with the people who give out awards, as they don't always look at a good story as a primary criteria); but went ahead and jumped in.   And WOW....a really good story of a family caught in a series of lies & misfortune.  The main characters are twins, a boy and a girl and the story is told in both their voices; but they alternate not only the voices but the timing.....Jude's story is present day, she's 16 and her mother's been dead 2 years; Noah's story is from 3 years ago when he was 13.  The two stories & the events are intertwimed and laid out for the reader in such a way so you find out what happened to both of them and what changed their lives so dramatically (besides just the death of their mother).  I can't say enough, you have to read this, it is a sweet and tender and sad story with romance and family and .....ok, stopping now.  Just go get it.

Sadly, I wasn't impressed with this book.  The cover looked cool and I love a good ghost story; but there just wasn't enough substance to the book.  I kept putting it down & restarting it; and since there is a hanging ending, I'm guessing there are others planned to follow; but I won't be reading them.  This is supposed to have started as a Youtube sensation (it's on the promotional material); so maybe I'll check it out & see if it plays out better visually than it did in literary form.

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