Smackdown Books 2018

Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
Louis parmi les spectres
Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

Monday, April 14, 2014

7's vs Leonard

These two books were my favorite of all the novels this year.  Whichever one doesn't make it, is my Zombie pick. 

7's was a lovely story with rich dynamic characters that are both realistic and relatable.  No one in this novel is glorified, and yet everyone comes out looking good in the end.  These characters are quirky and flawed, but they are also resilient and resourceful.  It is easy to find yourself genuinely wanting each of the characters to be successful.  I think this novel will have wide audience appeal.  If you were an orphan or a 'foster' kid, if you were from an immigrant family, or an inter-racial family, if you are gifted or feel a bit 'odd', this novel is for you. 

Forgive Me, on the hand is a gritty, angry view of the world and every day events.  The feelings expressed by the narrator are raw and yet perceptive in many instances.  The author, Mathew Quick, is successful in capturing teenage angst and putting it smack in the middle of a contemporary issue. However, while I felt that 7's would have a wide audience, Forgive Me would not appeal to as many readers.  The topic is a tough one for a lot of people, and the footnotes would confuse many readers and turn off many others.  Also, the shift to and from the future may be difficult for at-risk readers who likely would be the kind most attracted to the topic. 

Therefore, my vote goes to Counting by 7's. 

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