Nov 122015
 
Review: Feed

This book started off feeling clunky. It’s full of futuristic teen speak, and has a selfish and entitled teenaged narrator. It was hard for me to get into, but once things started happening, it seemed smoother. This is not a fluffy, happy ending style story. It’s actually quite dark. Not only when you consider Violet’s issues, and Titus’ reactions, but the entire societal set up with advertising and capitalist embedded in every second of life, and every inch of brain space, is quite unsettling. It’s easy to see how how current society could become the situation portrayed in the book, […]

Feb 212014
 
Review: Small as an Elephant

This was a surprisingly delightful story. I was expected a serious tearjerker, it’s about a boy whose mother leaves he alone after all. There were definitely tears at the end of the story, but the rest of the story was more about hope and Jack’s ability to fend and think for himself. I think there were emotions and elements of the story that stuck with me more than the target young YA reader would understand. For that reader, there is survival and confusion about why this was happening to him. There were unexpectedly good things and good people, as well […]