Thursday, October 7, 2010
Fallout was definitely my favorite, but I loved all three. I burned through them in about four days and they're all several hundred pages long. Because they're written in verse the text takes up less of the page. When you combine that with the engrossing story, it makes for a quick read.
I think some people may be scared of trying this because they're "poetry" and for a lot of people that's a scary word. For a lot of people the word poetry = confusing, boring, hard to understand, way too deep, etc. I actually enjoy poetry, but I would also recommend these books to people who don't. It reads very much like prose, and all of the author's poetic devices are so easy to understand (See the next to the last paragraph for my note on poetic devices).
I don't really want to summarize these books too much because there are a million other blog posts where you can read that. Basically, the story follows a teenage girl who becomes addicted to meth, her descent into addiction, and the lives of her children. I particularly appreciated the author's emphasis in Fallout on the genetic predisposition toward addiction. People typicall assume that I don't drink because I'm a Christian, when actually my decision not to drink has nothing to do with my faith and everything to do with a family history of alcoholism. Like some of the teens shown in the book, I choose to stay away from it because I'm not sure how much it would take for me to become addicted. It's one of those things that I don't see acknowledged much, and appreciated seeing in these books.
Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy of Fallout!
*Note on the poetry: Lots of the symbolism in the text revolves around words formed into shapes, or last words of each line making their own phrase. Nothing terribly hard to do. And it's not that I'm tearing down the author's work, but it doesn't take much skill to type your words in the shape of a tear drop or a heart. It's cool, but doesn't necessarily mean the writing is good. Just something to note.
**Note on Banned Books Week: It's not that I disagree with the sentiment behind any of it. I am 110% opposed to censorship. But I kind of feel about book "banning" the same way I do about American Christians who claim that we face religious "persecution" in this country. Making things sound more dramatic than they really are only makes your arguments hold less weight. Books in America are challenged, removed, and censored but not banned. That would be what happens in countries like North Korea and China where certain materials are actually illegal to publish, print, or own. I recently read a blog where a girl wrote that she was glad for BBW because she never knew before that there were books that are illegal in America. FYI: there aren't. And confusing people by trying to make the issue sound more important doesn't help. The issue is important enough on its own without the use of inflammatory language.
Posted by Julie G at 6:31 PM