Title: Everybody Sees the Ants
Author: A.S. King
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: 10/3/2011
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: Isabel Allende is one of my favorite authors. I love the way she can weave together fantasy and reality so seamlessly that you can't tell which is which. King brought in the same style, leaving the reader with room to interpret. Overall, the whole book was masterfully written. Lucky's voice was sympathetic without being pathetic, and his situation was relateable but kept its uniqueness.
Memorable or Forgettable: The most memorable part of "Ants" was the connection that King drew between prisoners of war and bullying. She took a very covered issue, bullying, and put it through the lens of POW/MIA, and the similar experiences of the two. Before I read it, I was skeptical if the author was reaching too far, but it really worked. She provided insight into bullying from parents, peers, and other family members. All of the characters were rounded out people, which made the book a living, breathing story.
Cover: My only complaint about this cover was that it looked quite a lot like 'Hate List.' Which was a cool cover. The more you look, the better it gets, all the elements circling into the ant in Lucky's eye. So cool!
Age Range: 14 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Additional Comments: **ANNOTATION**
Lucky has a haunted life, constantly followed by a childhood bully, a POW/MIA grandfather in Vietnam. Add a turtle father, a squid mother, and a Vagina-shouting model, and mix thoroughly with water for a realization filled summer journey.