- File Size: 3239 KB
- Print Length: 106 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01APYFL3G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,672,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I got this book through a giveaway. I am very glad I didn't spend money on it, because it reads like a first draft. Unfortunately the time I spent reading it I will never get back, but at least it was a short read. I thought it would be a humorous and lighthearted read about a girl trying to bring her dead cat back to life using books her strange old neighbor gave her. This is completely unfunny and not lighthearted. Basically, this book is everything why someone should not self publish their first draft. It badly needs rewriting and revision, then strenuous editing. The writing is poor, the characterization is nonexistent, the author peppers his personal beliefs into the narrative, and it, completely heavy handed and ineptly, incorporates sexual assault incidences. None of the characters reacted to it very realistically, except for the fact that yes, people will be angry after something like that happens and girls are often the target of bullying after being abused in that manner, but the reactions were not in proportion and there was very little dealing with such a heavy subject matter. As a reader, woman, and STEM enthusiast, it insulted my intelligence. The girls were supposed to be straight A students yet acted like seven year olds "oh Jenny has a boyfriend therefore I don't want to be her friend anymore.". Maybe some vapid valley girl stereotype would do that, but they were STRAIGHT A STUDENTS and should have been far more angry at her (and why even then? they LET her and Jimmy load up the coils) for the incident in the lab. Poor grammar and editing made the read a slog and difficult to figure out what is being said, or even who is speaking (ellipses and -- are appropriate ways to end a sentence where it trails off or suddenly stops, respectively. I promise). Gertrude likewise didn't make any sense, her motives for giving the books to Jenny were unclear other than 'oh she made friends with the cranky old woman.' The last point I want to make is that the ending was terrible. Jenny knew the facts about keeping a puma, the pink goo heals dead tissue, all they had to do by this book's logic was to make sure the body healed up properly, but no, they steal the puma's body anyway and then get put in jail.
There are SOME interesting concepts, and the ideas had promise, but... honestly, hire a good editor.
Filled with absurdities and not a few sharply pointed barbs at middle class America, this YA novella will appeal to girls with an interest in science and a sense of humor. Who'd have thought that an attempt at reanimation would lead to a couple of nerdy girls becoming basketball stars by accident? Or get them access to a university level physics lab? But if you can suspend your disbelief in the absurd sequence of events, this is a funny and sometimes thought-provoking read. The narrow middle class blindness and sexism of school administrators and parents is criticized seriously here despite the humorous nature of the tale.
Not a girl, and my high school experiences are 50 years out of date, yet I could easily sympathize with this and, sadly, see that bullying, sexism, and stereotyping haven't changed in half a century. At least in fiction, the science nerds get their revenge.
The writing is good but, as is often the case in books intended for juvenile or YA readers, a bit on the simplistic side. Still, it's a fun story.
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