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.Writing
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.
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.