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Zipped Hardcover – March 11, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-Well-realized, sympathetic teen and adult characters populate this novel packed with family problems, romance, and wry humor. Fifteen-year-old Mick Nichols opens his stepmother's e-mail by mistake and discovers that Nora is having an affair. Unable to confront her or tell his father, he turns surly and uncommunicative at home. Meanwhile, he's embarked on a confusing friendship with a college girl and a budding romance with a high school classmate, the beautiful Lisa Doyle. Mick has a troubled relationship with his mother, who left the family years ago, and has always admired-as well as had a mild crush on-his young, attractive stepmother. Her affair shatters his illusions. While he searches for clues to the identity of Nora's lover, he also gets to know Lisa better on their weekend job. Obstacles stand in the way of love, including her interest in an off-limits Mormon missionary. Mick commits an uncharacteristic act of vandalism aimed at his stepmother's lover, and ultimately has an emotionally satisfying confrontation with Nora. The teen's romance with Lisa finally takes off, and several other subplots wrap up as well, sometimes too neatly. Mick learns that the adults whom he has idolized have their own problems, and that relationships are far more complex than he ever imagined. Refreshingly, Mick's father and stepmother are fully fleshed out characters, not stereotypes. This is a believable novel that will especially appeal to teens interested in moral ethics and human dynamics.
Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
When 15-year-old Mick reads an e-mail never meant for his eyes, his world is shattered. His stepmother?his lovable, beautiful stepmother?is cheating with a man named Alexander Selkirk. And Mick?s dad?his quiet, loyal dad?has no idea.
Mick is obsessed and burdened with his secret, and nothing can distract him. Not his crush on Lisa Doyle, that Mormon girl on the field hockey team. Not the surprising (but appreciated) affections of Myra Vidal, a famously gorgeous college freshman. Not the strange robberies at the Village Greens, the old folks? home where Mick works. And on the day he meets Alexander Selkirk, out of the blue, Mick realizes all his problems are all zipped up together?and that he may have to go to drastic lengths to find
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I found it confusing because it switched between the perspectives of three or so different characters without notice. Sure, there was a new chapter every time the perspective changed, but I didn’t find that was enough. I would be partway through the second paragraph of the chapter before I realized the narrator changed. Therefore, I found it hard to follow.
This novel was interesting because it spoke of many different topics that I knew very little about. This included a range of topics from religions, such as the Mormons, and gardening. To be honest, I do not have a green thumb at all. In fact, my family cannot keep plants in our house because they eventually die. I have never really been exposed to gardening so I found this part of the novel quite interesting.
I really like the title of the novel, as I believe it has a double meaning. The main character, Mick, must keep his lips zipped, as he knows something he should not. And every time he gets nervous, he plays with the zipper on his coat, zipping and unzipping it constantly. I may be completely off with that double meaning assumption, but if it is true, then I find that very clever.
Overall, Zipped was a great novel that will appeal to anyone. It will satisfy those who like drama, romance novels, difficult life situations, religion or gardening. All of these topics blended well together and I found that they did not overpower each other.
The book is following the lives of four teens whose lives have a significant similarity. These problems that they face occur during their sophomore year in high school, and get worse as they have to face some family problems, changing friendships, and more. The words used in this book makes it seem like its not a childrens book, which is good when you're trying to read a book about young adults, and it isn't very realistic if a book like this would not have used the excessive advanced, and vulgar language.
The main character that is given the most time in the book is Mick. Mick is a 15 year old whose main conflict in the book is the beginning when he finds uneasy news about his step-mother which makes Mick feel guilty because he doesn't know what to do. The problem was that he finds out that his step mother is having an affair with a man named Alexander Selkirk, while looking for more information on this man, he faces many distractions that while shape the rest of the book.
There were many different sides to this story, and the author used different points of view so that you could feel like the character that was being played at the time. I think that this book is meant for young adults because of the excessive sexual content and language that is used at some points, but not all the time.
This book would be something that i would recommend reading if you enjoy a lot of drama, action, and romance, because you will find it in Zipped. The book changes a lot from the beginning to end, so if you don't enjoy the beginning, you just have to keep reading and it will get better.
Mick has been close to his stepmother Nora ever since she married his father. They would talk or work on household projects together and were good friends. Soon he is able to see that she is lying about where she is going at night when his father works late. She is also encouraging Mick to take a job as a groundskeeper that will keep him very busy --- and away from home.
Who could her boyfriend be? As Mick begins to piece together clues about who the mystery man is, he fears that he will never have a good relationship with his stepmother again. Who can he turn to for help? Certainly not his father, and he's not ready to confront Nora yet. Mick remembers how devastated his father was when his mother left the family when Mick was little.
In the meantime, he learns that a gorgeous college girl and another girl he has a major crush on are nothing like he imagined. Myra Vidal, the college girl, looks to Mick as a confidant for her many issues. Lisa, his crush, comes from a Mormon family and also works at the same place where Mick works. Parts of the novel follow her story, and readers will see her path begin to merge with Mick's.
Characters in this book are exciting in that they have many layers, making the plot both suspenseful and realistic. A great read!
--- Reviewed by Amy Alessio
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