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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Challenger Deep vs. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

A good read for a coming out love story. The trial and tribulations of electronic conversations in today's society when it gets into the wrong hands and also the detached way to communicate without knowing who you are talking to.  Falling in love with words and imagining what the person behind them looks like.  A sign of today's young society who are not afraid to take a chance. The highs and lows of life through the eyes of a teenager. All of these points make for a good book, an easy read that can be recommended to students, but alas a somewhat forgettable book.  No where near as complex and beautifully written as Challenger Deep. 

Caden is slowly losing touch with reality but finds ways to cover and adjust to it in his own way as he spirals out of touch with reality.  Sad, funny but realistic read of what people with mental illness go through and how families cope with it.  Yes, the beginning of the book can be confusing but it all ties in in the end in a touching and beautiful way. Our vote is for Challenger Deep to move on.  

1 comment:

  1. Now that Challenger Deep has moved on and is actually in my bracket this round, I can already tell it is going to come down to beautiful vs accessible. I actually feel the rumblings of an argument around is this even YA coming on.