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A good laugh
on September 11, 2013
Four stars for humor. This book reads like a parody of every stereotype -- fair or not -- of Mormon culture. I mean, wow. An exclusive club, high in a treehouse, with the ladder kept out of reach of the rest of the world? The metaphor should be infuriating. But the author clearly has no idea how awful it sounds, and that makes it very funny. :-)
"Oh, you're not a member yet. You'll need to pass the test and then always keep the club promise." Don't worry, the club has a handy manifesto lest you forget that billboard pornography (?) is forbidden. And the illustrations! Children all beaming warmly while they explain that they'll only be friends with the new kid if he abides by their religion, and they'll shun him if he fails. LOL! But conformity will be rewarded with candy, so yay!
Especially hilarious is the premise behind the club's worthiness test: that a little primary kid actually would be tempted to drink coffee or alcohol over lemonade. Oh, to be 8 again, nursing my fifth of Jager.
I did have to dock one star on behalf of my LDS friends, who never once have threatened to throw me out of a treehouse and who are understandably annoyed and embarrassed by this book. But to an outsider, the unintentional comedy is sublime. I bought a copy for my husband -- a quirky artifact of our life in Utah. :-)