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Quick changes left me confused
on April 27, 2008
"Orphaned by the world, raised by the streets, Jesse Sanchez is a dangerous martial artist and the world's greatest homeless skateboarder."
Add in pirates, ninjas (lots of ninjas), a mad geologist named Pangea (yes, that's his real name), and the first Irish astronaut who speaks with an Australian accent, and you'd expect a funny madcap romp.
And Street Angel delivers - sort of. Look back up to the top - to that "homeless" bit. Street Angel treats both its protagonist's homelessness, dumpster diving (and trying to hide both from schoolmates) and aged 70's blaxploitation heros (Afrodisiac, I kid you not) with exactly the same tone, seriousness, and respect.
Which is cool, but it also kept me from engaging with Jesse. The absolute silliness of some elements (ninjas playing basketball) just kept jarring me out of taking her seriously - but the tone kept me from looking at it as farce.
The idea(s) are great, but ultimately I was left thinking this book wasn't quite for me. I know a few people who it *is* for, though, and they'll be getting a copy as a present.