Every summer that I have been teaching, I've been amazed to find that my reading actually slows way down at the beginning of the summer, rather than speeding up now that I have all this free time. The problem is, now I can spend my free time watching old episodes of The Office (desert island show, for SURE) and playing games on my iPad (Temple Run 2, anyone?) and so I have a tendency to binge on those things at first and ignore my poor TBR pile.
So this week, I only have one book to review! Geez. But I'm hoping to get on a more responsible schedule this week and get back to books.
What I Read This Week:
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Free ARC received at Rochester Teen Book Festival.
My rating for this book is kind of complicated. I picked up the ARC knowing that it was outside my usual preferences, but thinking it looked interesting enough to give it a shot. For me, personally, this would be about a three-star read. I stayed interested enough to finish it, but I was right: it's not exactly my cup of tea. However, I would LOVE to see this on classroom and school library shelves; I think many of my students would get really into it. The high stakes adventure and short chapters are a combination that will lure even reluctant readers to give it a shot and to keep turning pages. So, for that reason, I have to say this is worth at least four stars.
If you like stories with lots of action, suspense, and mystery, this will likely be one you'll enjoy. (And I think it would make a great beach read--the writing is simple and gets out of the way of the plot, and as I said, the chapters are short and sweet.) If I liked it enough to finish, I can imagine that people who typically enjoy this genre will really enjoy it.
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