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Hair in All the Wrong Places Paperback – June 7, 2016
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Gr 5–8—Like most 13-year-olds going through puberty, Colin Strauss has to deal with extra hair, body odor, and growth spurts, but turning into a fledgling werewolf makes things a lot more complicated. Forced to live with his bitter grandmother because his high-powered lawyer parents couldn't be bothered with him, Colin slumps through eighth grade, constantly bullied, harassed by figures of authority, and convinced that he is a total loser. A turbulent and hazy night changes all of this when he gets bitten by a werewolf. Fellow middle schoolers will commiserate with Colin's life challenges. Secondary characters are well-developed, as are the supernatural elements of the story. However, the pace of the first half of the novel often makes it difficult to understand what is happening, requiring frequent rereads. Once the plot is established, though, it is a real page-turner right up until the satisfying end. Several unrealistic characters border on hyperbolic, such as a hired principal who has "absolutely no qualifications," a teacher who has "a particular hatred for students and other teachers," and the only doctor in town, "a notorious drunk who [is] just as likely to fall asleep during an appointment, as he [is] to diagnose the common cold as Ebola." There are explanations for some of this behavior revealed later on, but most of the adults encountered in this work are cruel and incompetent. VERDICT Hand this one to students interested in supernatural creatures of all kinds, light romance, humor, and action.—Carina Gonzalez, Lawrence High School, NJ
"Hand this one to students interested in supernatural creatures of all kinds, light romance, humor, and action." - School Library Journal
"The plot of this story was very exciting and always kept you hooked. This book has an excellent story, and I never wanted it to end!" - Julian, Age 12, Kids Book Buzz
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Colin's body is developing rapidly. He's less skinny, he can see and smell better, he's got an appetite and he has a lot more hair. What happened to him on the night he took his grandfather's car and why can't he remember? What's the connection between what happened to Colin and the classmate who's been eaten on that very same night? Colin has to figure it out before it's too late and more people will get hurt.
Hair in All The Wrong Places is a funny story about a boy who doesn't enjoy going to school and living with his grandmother. Colin's life is sad and lonely. He isn't afraid to speak up though and has a wonderful sense of humor. His reactions often made me laugh. When his body changes Colin's life becomes completely different, but fortunately he still has the same good-natured personality, which makes him a fantastic main character. The same goes for Becca, who's strong and inventive. She knows something Colin doesn't know, but he's bound to find out. A lot of secrets are being revealed and Colin finally understands many of the things that initially left him puzzled. Andrew Buckley has a great sense of timing and makes every revelation at the exact right moment.
Hair in All The Wrong Places is fast-paced and fabulous. I loved Andrew Buckley's ironic writing style. His writing is also vivid, to the point and laid-back, which makes it easy to picture everything he describes. I loved Colin, the people around him and the mysterious Elkwood. This book is both magical and entertaining, which is a good combination. I thoroughly enjoyed this cheerful story filled with creepy monsters.
Colin, a lanky weed of a kid whose reflection in the mirror agrees that he is a total loser, is sent to his grandmother's house because his parents couldn't be bothered to look after him. For most kids this would be a devastating occurrence, but for Colin it turns out to be the best thing that could ever have happened to him. Admittedly he is almost immediately bullied at his new school, nothing new there, but then he gets bitten by a werewolf when trying to run back to his parents; no idea why after the way they treated him, but there you go.
This turns out to be a positive event in his life and his new found strength and muscle growth are quite appealing to him. The increase in his sense of smell is also a boon, sometimes, as there are some things he can smell that I'm sure he would rather not.
The tale that follows is a fun read and will keep you pretty much enthralled throughout the entire novel and I have no hesitation in giving it five stars. I could have said more in the review, but any more would probably involve spoilers or me wittering on until I'd practically written out the entire novel :)
Colin moved to Elkwood to live with his grandmother. Since moving to this small town he has never fit in. Colin is the average Joe. His school grades are acceptable and his social life is bearable. He is the guy that goes unnoticed, that is until he gets bitten by a werewolf. Now everything is changing. There is more to this small town than he realised. He may stand a chance with the girl of his dreams and he may be gaining hair in all the wrong places.
4 Stars out of 5. ARC received in exchange for a fair review.
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