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

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Nest vs Crazy

Uggghh, I am TORN.  The Nest is certainly the book that I think students would like more - it's creepy, suspenseful, and ... unexpected.  BUT I think, personally, that Crazy was the better book.  I mean, I really don't like the whole free-verse narrative poetry novel concept, but I end up liking every one I actually read.  I know, I know.  Anyway, I loved the characters in Crazy,  because Phillips did such a wonderful job portraying the beauty and ugliness and complexity in so many of them.  The hope and humanity portrayed made this little cold heart of mine quite warm.  But, while I enjoyed the inter-denominational Christian drama, I think it might lose a lot of contemporary students.  

So, if my vote is a proxy, what-I-think-students-will-like vote, it's for The Nest.  If it's a selfish "me" vote, it's for Crazy.  Do with that what you will, Dia! :)

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