Monday, July 13, 2009

Posted by Laurel Garver on Monday, July 13, 2009 No comments

I like Deb Caletti's narrative voice in this one very much. The theme of risk was handled well overall--some risks are stupid and some very much worth taking. Your relationship to risk (on the coward to lunatic spectrum) is a big piece of what one has to sort out during adolescence--something boys seem more conscious of than girls.

Caletti turns some very lovely phrases full of fresh images in the narrative and action scenes. I also liked the fact that while secular, the book portrays people of faith positively. The intergenerational and family relationships, as well as the non-feel-good romance, really add something new to the YA genre.

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