Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Review: Seven Deadlies by Gigi Levangie

From Goodreads:
Perry Gonzalez is not like the other kids in her Beverly Hills high school—a full-blooded Latina on a scholarship, living in a tiny apartment with her mother, she doesn’t have much in common with the spoiled, privileged kids who are chauffeured to school every morning. 
But Perry is a budding young writer with her sights set on Bennington—and her seven deadly stories are her ticket to the Ivory Tower. To pay her way, Perry’s been babysitting (correction: teenage-sitting) and tutoring the neighborhood kids, and she has seen the dark side of adolescence: lust for the “Judas Brothers” that leads to electrocution at a private birthday party concert; wrath that inspires new and perverse family bonds; and greed, in a young Bernie Madoff acolyte who conceives of a copycat Ponzi scheme involving his own grandmother.
I wasn't terribly impressed with the quality of the writing.  It was mediocre at best and, to be honest, sloppy in others.  I wasn't bothered by the moralistic tone of the stories - it was kind of the point of the book.  Exaggeratedly describing the seven deadly sins and their logical consequences was the theme of the book and I was relatively pleased with those portions.  But the end, ruined the book for me.  The ending reveals a "secret" that makes the entire book pointless.  It's where everything fell apart.

Entertainment Value
This is like a modern take on the Miss Piggle-Wiggle books, which are some of my childhood favorites.  They're appropriate for a middle grade audience and I didn't have any major problems with them until the end.  The epilogue just ruined the entire thing for me.  I wasn't impressed and felt like I had wasted my time.

Meh.  The ending ruined the book for me.  Do not recommend.

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