Smackdown Books 2019

Piecing Me Together
We Are Okay
Hello, Universe
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
The Marrow Thieves
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
The Poet X
Children of Blood and Bone
Far from the Tree
Long Way Down
The Goat
Amina's Voice
Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess
The First Rule of Punk
24 Hours in Nowhere
The Astonishing Color of After
Obsessed: : A Memoir of My Life with OCD
Train I Ride

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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