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

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Gabi, A Girl In Pieces versus The Tyrant's Daughter

This pairing was a difficult decision in that both books were good, but neither of the two were incredible.

Our pick for this round is Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero.  We know the rest of our group still needs to blog and vote so we will see if everyone else in the group felt the same as we did.

We prefered Gabi because the story is slightly more relatable from a teen's perspective as it was easier to connect with the characters. The characters almost seemed like real people. Gabi's drawings and poems added interest to the story as well. Overall, it was simply a better book.

The Tyrant's Daughter was also a good book. It had an interesting plot, unique perspective, and dynamic characters, however it was a little bit hard to believe.

Respectively submitted by: Maureen and teen readers (Cara and Layne)

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