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

Friday, May 6, 2016

Jellyfish for the Win

Cast my vote for The Thing About Jellyfish!  At first I was disheartened that it was looking like just another tale of woe from another tortured quirky tween genius, but there were enough surprises and sensitive insights about the complexity of young people and  young people relationships that I was soon won over.  And the LOCKER THING. I mean. 

The Crossover was a fine book, and I see the appeal, but the sparseness of the verse meant I didn't feel like I "got to know" the protagonist and his family as well as I wanted to. If this were a prose novel, I likely would have loved it.  The same can be said for The Family Romanov - a fine book, fascinating history... but I'm a fictional prose kinda gal.  So Jellyfish it is for me!

(Side question for the Smackdown historian - how many zombies have risen to victory over the years?)


  1. Never before has a zombie pick shuffled in for the win!

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