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Hero Paperback – July 12, 2011
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Mike Lupica has done it again. Zach's character is spot-on in his language, conflicted feelings, and temperment. And, Zach's best friend Kate is his perfect compliment. A great, fast-paced read that shows kids are capable of big things. I can't wait for the sequel!!
Told from the POV of 14 year old Zach, this is a boy coming-of-age story. Some of the issues (half) addressed here are grief, loss of respect, self-esteem, finding of self worth, abuse of power. I mean, we've got some HEAVY hitters! And it started out with so much promise to address at least some of these.
Take for example, the rival. Zach has a rival who bullies him. At one point, when Zach is starting to find his self-worth, he challenges said bully. And he loses ferociously. Still, this is eventually counted as a win, as the bully never bothers him again. What? I seriously doubt this would happen. The bully would rub salt in the wound. What's more, the turn of the loss to a win is dealt with in an off-hand thought. We never really even see anymore of the interaction to make this an obvious thought. What was pivotal in the first half of the book isn't even worth a paragraph by the end.
Another thing that REALLY annoyed me about this book was the ending. I will not spoil it, but I find that it does not hold. And upon full study, the beginning of the book does not hold if the ending is true. I could have believed the ending, had it been fleshed out more. But it simply looks like another wrong turn based on faulty teenage logic.
Finally, my pet peeve. There were several OBVIOUS typos. Wrong word usage, misspellings. It was frustrating in a published novel.
To summarize, I thoroughly enjoyed about 2/3 of this book. I think the author tried to bite off more than he could handle well in such a short telling. But I think most young teens and tweens would enjoy it.
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