Sunday, June 6, 2010

Snack Size #3

I actually wrote these two weeks ago and found them sitting on my desktop - obviously I forgot to post them - whoops! Anyway, three tasty, teeny-tiny 100 word reviews:

Luna - Julie-Anne Peters
Published by Little, Brown 2004
256 pages

Luna is a sensitive and engaging story of a transsexual teen struggling with his two identities, as told through the eyes of his sixteen-year-old sister, Regan. As much as I was intrigued by Liam’s transition (something I’d never read about in YA before), I also really appreciated hearing things from Regan’s point of view, and being able to see how she balanced her personal life around Liam/Luna’s secret (and was happy that it was not only a story of Luna’s transformation, but Regan’s coming of age too). Peters captures family dynamics incredibly well and also incorporates excellent use of flashback. Luna is beautifully done and a compelling read.

AfterFrancine Prose
Published by HarperTeen for Harper Collins, 2003
336 pages

Following a shooting at a neighbouring school, Central High turns to extreme measures to ensure the security and safety of the school and it’s students, at any cost. Whilst Tom Bishop and his friends seem happy to go along with it all at first, they soon can’t ignore the fact that non-conforming students are disappearing, and even more repressive measures are put into place on a daily basis. Whilst Prose does a fantastic job at developing characters (yay for geeky girls who are also rebels) and building tensions, I was incredibly disappointed with After’s ending, which was vague and unsatisfying. Recommended for fans of The Chocolate War.

PoolJustin D’Ath
Published by Ford Street Publishing, 2007
297 pages
Pool is the story of seventeen-year-old Wolfgang and his summer working as an attendant at the local swimming pool, which reportedly has mystical healing properties. It is there he meets Audrey, a young blind woman, who may hold the key to mystery surrounding the New Lourdes pool. The relationship between Wolfgang and his elderly father, inflicted with Alzheimer’s, is also skilfully handled. I also loved the use of the recurring butterfly motif. Probably something I wouldn’t normally have picked up, but was very pleasantly surprised. Pool is a quite an understated and touching story, intriguing and slightly haunting.


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