Friday, April 29, 2016
Beyond Clueless, by Linas Alsenas
A fast paced friendship drama -- full of the twists and turns one expects in ninth grade. I enjoyed Marty and her honest emotions and her snarky friend Xiang is a highlight. The boys did less for me. There are numerous characters here and neither Felix (the love interest), Jimmy, or Oliver (or any of the other friends) left much of an impression. I did start to wonder where the story was heading mid way through and, while the ending does a decent job of sorting out thing, I was as clueless as Marty about what was going on in the story. That may have been due to my inattentive reading, but the clean wrap up in the end seemed a bit of a cheat. So, I'd call this novel great for character development, but confusing and hard to follow.
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