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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

REVIEW for Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials

A big, big thank you goes out to author Rosalind Wiseman and Emily Bartek for sending me this great, great book!

TITLE: Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials

AUTHOR: Rosalind Wiseman


RATING: 4 Stars
Can I tell you how much I loved this YA? Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials (that is one long title) is the exact type of YA book that I love. We meet our main character Charlie - who is your typical teen girl - she is new at Harmony Falls - and feels as though she may not fit it. However, on her very first day at school, she meets Sydney who will become her BFF instantly. As we will find out as the story develops, all is not what it appears with Charlie - there is actually a very good reason why she is at a new school and, unfortunately, slowly but surely her past will creep up to bite her in the derriere!!!!!

First, she will come face to face with a girl from her old school - someone she mistreated badly - and will have to work towards fixing her wrongs and trying to rebuild that relationship. Then, she will come across a friend who had left town and is now back and lastly, she will find herself in a moral situation where she will have to do the right thing.

This book is full of hidden and not so hidden messages aimed at teens - everyting from standing up for someone being bullied to drinking, driving and hazing to, in the end, doing the right thing. But the thing that I loved the most about this book is that while the author is telling us this story - loaded with morals - she never preaches and she never "forces the lesson upon us".

This novel is a joy to read, the pacing is perfect and I found that all of the teens portrayed in this book were very real life - with real life issues and problems. Its hell being a teen in this day and age - as this novel shows.

I loved, loved, loved this book.


bermudaonion said...

The title of this book is awesome, so I'm glad to see it's so good!

Alaine said...

Sounds like a great book! Will watch out for it.

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