Title: Charm & Strange
Author: Stephanie Kuehn
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: 06/11/13
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The character development in this is really well done in the way that each chapter adds a new layer to the main character's personality. Winston presents a mystery from the first page that you want to figure out. Several times I had to change my perspective on what I thought about the character, and his depth was fascinating.
Memorable or Forgettable: The story smoothly transitioned between the present and flashbacks, and I found the repeating idea of 'build and destroy' fascinating. With every flashback you see a new side of the character which at times makes you wonder how stable he is, but also makes him endearing in a strange sort of way.
Cover: The cover was well done, I think it reflects the mystery of the book very well.
Age Range: 14 through 15
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
tags: psychological thriller / ya lit