May 06, 2011

Three by Deborah

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
reviewed by Deborah

Impulse, written in free verse, is a story is told by three teens: Connor, Vanessa and Tony. I really enjoyed the book because there was never a dull moment while reading it. The characters seem real. Their life experiences, families and friends seem true. The story did flow well, it's interesting and understandable.

This book is written for teens, boys and girls. Although the ending could leave readers confused, Impulse is a very good book. It's one of those books you can read over again and never get tired of it.

Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch
reviewed by Deborah

Messed Up is a book about a young Mexican American boy named R.D, a 15 year old middle schooler, still in middle school because he always seems to get himself in trouble. He gets suspended for things like school fights, stealing and vandalism. I enjoyed this book because it was very realistic. It keeps you interested because there is always a problem going on throughout the story.

One thing I did not like is that it is a fast-paced story and things seem to happen very quickly. This book should attract teens, both boys and girls. Messed Up is a very good book. I think many people would be able to relate to the problems that R.D. has to face.

Book cover from Janet Nichols Lynch's web site

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
reviewed by Deborah

Crank is about a teenager, Kristina Georgia Snow, who gets involved in many issues. It captures the life of a girl and makes it seem real.

Some parts of the book are confusing and in places it's diffucult to comprehend what's happening -- maybe because it's a novel in verse, but the story did flow well, and there weren't any dull moments.

I think that girls would like this story more than boys would because it is narrated by a girl. Overall, I think this is a great book. I would definitely recommend it to other teenagers.

Posted by Arlo at May 6, 2011 04:29 PM
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