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At least I'm still making progress on my reading.
Latest review posted on Goodreads:
Suckerpunch by David Hernandez
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First, the good stuff: David Hernandez packs a lot of powerful emotion per page in this novel, and his main character, Marcus, is a wonderful mix of reliable enough for me to trust him as a narrator, but imperfect enough to relate to. Also, this is one of those rare YA novels that I think would resonate with teenage boys, especially if they're Hispanic. Hernandez manages to honor the traits of a Hispanic family in the US without digressing into the preachy-ness that is so typical of "multicultural" children's books.
Second, the not-so-good stuff: some of the plot felt kind of tacked-on for the sake of moving things forward instead of growing out of the story. The worst part of the book, no quotation marks. Trying to read a dialogue-heavy book without quotation marks=pain in the butt.
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Oh, by the way, no, I did not read Suckerpunch because of the horrible movie that just came out, and no, that movie has nothing to do with this book. It's just a coincidence.