Author: Todd Strasser
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pub Date: 09/10/13
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book is fun to read but down right stupid. The 'Lost' wanna be style of writing is quaint at best, very rarely adding to the story other than to give the reader unnecessary background info. A combination of the author's creepy Freudian imagery (which was clearly a preadolescence projection on the part of our author) as well as the racist themes that are so innocently deflected by the main character's "wide eyed innocence" and "color blind" nature is just an insult to the civil-rights movement.
Memorable or Forgettable: The number one quality I'll remember from this book is the haunting sexual subtext. The main character is a middle school boy and he has WAY too many sexual thoughts. None of them are overtly sexual but that's what makes them worse. Either the author is projecting his own sexual frustrations onto this character, or his character is highly disturbed. Take your pick.
Cover: The cover tempted me, kinda. While it was stylized it was too simplistic and wouldn't warrant a second glance from me. The only reason I picked this book up is because I randomly chose it.
Age Range: 12 through 13
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 2P Only for special interest
tags: suspense / alternate history / ya lit