Quick, Enjoyable Read

I have vague memories of reading the reviews of this book and it being very good, so it was a mental, back burner, to-read list.

First impressions:

I like the cover. It is simple, bright, and captivating; and let’s be honest here, I like ice cream and so why not a book with an ice cream truck on the cover?

Before reading the book, I hadn’t read any description so when I read the following first sentence, needless to say, I was intrigued.

“When Katelyn Ogden blew up in third period pre-calc, the janitor probably figured he’d only have to scrub guts off one whiteboard this year.”

Yes, that is the first sentence.

This book left me with more questions than answers, but that was not a bad thing. It was, just as indicated on the cover, “a novel about growing up…and blowing up.” 

The characters were likeable despite their many flaws, the romance in the book was overshadowed by friendship, and the periphery characters were 2D, but it worked.

Although I could have done with less F-bombs, this was a crazy ride; a quick, humorous, and enjoyable read.



True Story

This book came as a pleasant surprise to me.

I read it because it was Canadian history and local history has been an interest of mine since working at 4th Line Theatre in Ontario.

The cover is pretty blah, and I wouldn’t have chosen this to read except that it fulfilled the challenge of reading a historical fiction novel for the Literary Bingo activity offered here at the library. If you are not already participating, there is a deadline to win prizes/discover some new and interesting books outside of your normal reading comfort zone.  Get into it; it is fun!

The story itself follows the story of fifteen year old George who discovers the murdered body of a local man. It just gets more and more interesting from there.

What makes this story so gripping is that it is based on a true story. What hooked me is an author’s note at the beginning that states:

“According to the Tuskegee Institute of Alabama, between 1882 and 1968 there were 4,742 lynchings in the United States. In Canada during the same period there was one – the lynching of Louie Sam.”

This is a relatively short novel, the language level pretty basic, making it a quick read. If you have any interest in history, this is a good one to check out.