Saturday, October 11, 2014
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, by Kate Hattemer
It's an odd story that flirts with absurdity while maintaining humor and originality. Undeniably, it's very funny, but in the crass and tasteless way that I associate more with male writers like David Levithan. In the end one doesn't know how seriously to take a story featuring defecation artwork, a heroic tumor-ridden gerbil, and an 864-page "long poem." It works best as an adventure, but Hattemer makes the mistake of occasionally trying to add gravity by exploring hero Ethan's fear of commitment and decisiveness. The story doesn't have the patience to pursue this, though, and Hattemer was better off sticking to the crude and the rude.