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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Challenger Deep vs The War That Saved My Life


I can see why both books have made it so far in the draw - they are both well-told stories but they are sooo different.  Challenger Deep is a high school, if not adult book about mental illness and how the world can appear when you are battling internal demons.  As a scientist, I loved the comparison to travelling to the Marianas Trench and maybe because I have a background connection to this, I could begin to understand what was happening to Caden. But man, I had to work to get everything out of this book.  It was not an easy read, and for a while, I found myself re-reading to make sure I hadn’t missed anything.  But in the end, I appreciated the story and openness from Neil Shusterman.  We always debate how we choose the books and we are not always in agreement.  Some choose the book most likely to go out in their library, some just choose the book they like best.  I am not even consistent round to round but this time, I am going to have to let Challenger Deep go because I don’t know a kid I could give this to right now. (But I am keeping a copy for myself!)  

The War that Saved My Life was an easy read, I read it in a couple of hours, I skimmed some parts because I was in a rush to get it to Debbie but it was such a nice story, I couldn’t help but be so thankful that Ada and Jamie escaped the monster of a mother and even though I knew in the end they would end up with Susan, at least there was a little tension when mom came to get them.  It was a bit idealistic and Susan seemed to be too good to be true but honestly, with all the bad news out there right now, a hopeful book was just what the doctor ordered!!

Love the gals at Strem... (aka Deb and V)

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