Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
All American Boys

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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