Wednesday, August 18, 2010

While We're Waiting...

 While we're waiting for the last day of entries to pass (You know there's a contest on to win A RARE PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ ARC, right?) (You know the DEADLINE is 9PM tonight, too, right?) I figured I'd try something new. I don't usually review or recap books. The reason behind this is: I'm really bad at it and it takes up too much time to do something I'm bad at when I already don't have enough time to do things I'm pretty good at. Also, If I love a book, I think my fumbling telling of its awesomeness isn't going to do the book justice. But.

Very cool cover art, eh?
I have to tell you about a great book I just read. It's called THE FREAK OBSERVER and it's by an author named Blythe Woolston. I like a lot of books. I love a few books. I adore very few books. Usually, to fit into that last category, a book has to be unique or weird, it has to challenge me as a reader and yet give me all necessary data to figure out the puzzle of the character. And it has to make me laugh. And it has to make me sad, too. THE FREAK OBSERVER wins on all counts. I adored this book.

The story follows Loa, a 17-year-old girl who has recently lost her friend to an accident and, before that, her little sister to a rare genetic disorder. As we watch her struggle with PTSD, her devastated family, and her daily attempts to live a normal teenage life, we learn that she sees the world through a sort of scientific netting that is also essentially keeping her together. She recalls her past through the eyes of a statistician or an historian. She communicates and rationalizes through theorems and physics problems. She makes a new friend and then loses him, and though she's right there in it, she is also describing her life as an independent observer because she is one. At times, the narrative is hilarious and so clever I just couldn't stop reading because I couldn't wait to find the next piece of the puzzle that was Loa. The Freak Observer is fantastic look at the realities of grief from the inside--a journey alongside a life being half-lived while being lived fully...depending on how you look at it.

Can you tell I really loved this book? Go buy it and read it and tell your friends.


Now...if you haven't got your contest entry in, what are you waiting for? It's only 56 little words.You don't have to be a teenager or a writer. You can be an agent or a tap dancer or a pastry chef or a princess. You can write about frogs or staplers or the planet N875Q. All you really have to want is a rare advance copy of VERA DIETZ.

See you Friday with a WINNER!

1 comment:

Hayley said...

Already entered the contest, and now I have to say thank you so much for the book suggestion I've already added it to my Amazon wish list!!