One Shot Away - YA Review by Bjorn

Reader: Bjorn H
Age: 13
Title: One Shot Away
Author: T. Glen Coughlin
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pub Date: 10/02/12
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book had qualities that I appreciated, such as the switching between narrators so that you could observe the story from different perspectives. The problem with this book was that you were just OBSERVING, not becoming entranced with the book. The characters are very shallow and do not develop very well. The writing style is forgettable and bleak.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book, to me was forgettable. The writing style (as I said above) is very forgettable and bleak. The main conflict was when a puppy was stolen, so it did not register any significant emotion or caring from me. The characters do not seem real at all and the small development that happens during the book is choppy and not well written.
Cover: The cover did make me want to pick up the book. It did reflect the contents.
Age Range: 14 through 15
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 2P Only for special interest

tags:  coming of age / high school / varsity wrestling / ya lit

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