Rotten - YA Review by Marta M

Reader: Marta M.
Age: 12
Title: Rotten
Author: Michael Northrop
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub Date: 04/01/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The plot was pretty good, but boring and one that I have seen many times before. This book is about a boy who spent his summer in juvenile detention for stealing some perfume. When he comes back, he sees that his mom got a dog. He becomes friends with the dog after the dog bites his friend because the friend was scaring the rescue dog. The boy's parents try to make a lot of money off the injury and this is what most of the story focuses on. I think it starts to get boring after a while because the two boys keep arguing and repeating a lot of what they said. The whole story is based on the simple matter of bringing the boy and the dog together. One of the only things that kept me reading was wondering what would happen to the dog and what the main character was doing over the summer, because they reveal that towards the end.
Memorable or Forgettable: The book is forgettable, because as I mentioned above, it has a plot I have already seen a few times - somebody/something helps another person get through some problem.
Cover: The cover was a little boring because it was just a part of a dog, but this also made it kind of a mystery of what the book was about. This reflected pretty well on the contents since the book focuses on the boy and dog bonding.
Age Range: Under 12
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

tags: second chances / Rottweilers / ya lit

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