With all the perfectly lovely young adult novels out there, you decided to check this one out? Read more...
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With all the perfectly lovely young adult novels out there, you decided to check this one out? It s got spontaneously combusting teenagers in it, dude. Not the slow burning type either. We re talking the randomly exploding variety. Seniors in high school just walking along, heading to class, whistling Beyonce, when WA-BAM they re suddenly dripping off the lockers.
Is that really something you re into?
Confession: I m actually kinda into that too. So, now that we ve established we re both thoroughly weird and, I assume, thoroughly open-minded, we can give it shot, right? Let s at least read the opening chapters of this bad-boy and see if it features some of the more intriguing elements such as...
- Exploding teenagers (obviously).
- Hallucinogenic mushrooms.
- Pyromaniacal boyfriends.
- Triplet toddlers in powder blue suits.
- Amur leopards and doomsday preppers.
- A foul-mouthed female POTUS.
- Ashtanga yoga.
- Youtube sensations.
- Self-driving Priuses.
- Rogue FBI agents.
- Mad scientists.
- Spring break.
- And Jennifer Lawrence.
Notice how I put Jennifer Lawrence last. She s in the book, so it s not cheating. And hey, if it takes America s most beloved movie star to sell this thing, then that s what it takes.
So, in closing: Jennifer Lawrence.
"Wildly inventive." Entertainment Weekly "Must List"
"Thiscomically surreal novel that will blow your mind. People Magazine
"A blood-soaked, laugh-filled, tear-drenched, endlessly compellingread." Kirkus, starred review
"A wholly original YA tale of identity, friendship, love, lust, and gory, grisly death." SLJ, starred review
"Bursting with heartache and gore, Mara s narration appeals directly to readers
senses of horror and humor." Horn Book"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Seniors at Covington High School are spontaneously combusting in one gloriously gory explosion after another, and it doesn’t take long for the FBI to descend on the New Jersey town to figure out what is going on. Is it terrorism? A curse? At the heart of Starmer’s story is Mara Carlyle, a senior who witnesses the first combustion up close in precalc. Mara’s blunt, sarcastic narration is well-matched to the absurdity of the plot, and while it’s tempting to think of it as a defense mechanism in response to an unbelievable situation, it seems clear that this is just who Mara is. Her lengthy internal monologues, while entertaining, can frustrate the story’s momentum and make Mara seem more like an observer and chronicler of the mayhem, rather than a participant, despite her proximity to several of the explosions. This aside, Starmer (the Riverman trilogy) adeptly uses his bloody, madcap premise to heighten just how much of life is out of our control, and how important it is to seize whatever time we’re given. Ages 14–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Aug.)