Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The writing in this one is splendid. I've seen comparisons to Lionel Shriver (author of We Need To Talk About Kevin) that I think are deserved. This is more character study than is usually presented in straight up women's lit, so it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. However, the literary value in the story was a good surprise. I appreciated that the author went deeper than the obvious shock value and addressed issues beyond the obvious issues of privacy in the age of electronics and teen sexuality.
Again, I expected the typical women's fiction, Culturally Relevant Moral Issue Book, and was pleasantly surprised at the direction this one took. For me, seeing the family fall apart after this scandal was more interesting than the scandal itself. I also appreciated that the author included a sympathetic male teen. We're not led to see Jake as some kind of sex fiend or exploitative monster - he's just a teen boy who got an email that he didn't know how to respond to. I think our culture is as hard for teen boys to navigate as it is for girls and we don't always get the male perspective. We worry about how early sexualization affects girls, but this showed how harmful it can be for boys as well.
I think this one is definitely worth picking up. It's also quite short - I read it in two sittings - and accessible for a variety of readers. The multiple narrators really take the book out of the realm of women's fiction for me and make it something that will appeal to a wider audience.
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Posted by Julie G at 9:23 PM