Monday, August 30, 2010

The Patterns of Paper Monsters

"Jacob Higgins's teenage rage rarely simmers below the surface for long. He despises his negligent mother and her alcoholic boyfriend, Refrigerator Man, and he's indifferent to school and his friends--though a little less casual about girls and marijuana. His antics have landed him in a North Virginia detention center, where nihilism, freedom, and redemption all take on unexpected guises. In a voice filled with confusion, yearning, and sardonic humor, Jacob narrates his improbably sweet romance with Andrea, an inmate with whom he shares rare glances, melodramatic conversation, and waxy cookies at rigidly chaperoned "socials." But when David, a mysterious, conniving adolescent, handpicks him to assist in a plot to bring about the center's demise, Jacob has to weigh the frail new optimism of his relationship with Andrea against the allure of destruction, rebellion, and escape. In her pitch-perfect debut, Emma Rathbone adroitly captures the drama, both comic and deadly serious, of growing up."

The characters were not developed, except for Jacob. I was really looking forward to reading about Andrea, but she never had anything really revealing told about her. She woulda been an amazing character, and so would David..but it just didn't happen. Andrea was suppose to be this awsome, wild child who sells pot to little kids...but it just this sad person who isn't interesting at all. Jacob's mother, Beans, was put in a very bad sistuation and it never really got said, other than she was getting better, how she ended up.

The plot, or lack of, was SUPER boring. It really had no action at all in it. The part where David wants to burn the place down doesn't happen until the end of the book and it's maybe a page long, and nothing happens!
The book as a whole was not good, there was A LOT of cussing and talking about sex.
So this book gets *.5/5 Stars

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