Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Book Review #104
The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Rating: one star (out of four)

While this book had a positive message, it was kind of hard to find underneath all the sleaziness and profanity.  I just don't see why people can't write uplifting, inspirational books without tossing in so much filth.  And what's more is that we applaud these books and give them awards.  This book is a Printz Honor and I thought that it had the potential to be good, but it chose not to.  There were several questionable scenes and content that make it something I wouldn't recommend.  
I was disappointed that the author felt she had to put so much language in the book.  The f-word was used several times. When reading this book I didn't love the main character, I really thought that she was messed up, and seeing her family I didn't have to wonder why.  While she did finally work things out the end I didn't like her methods of "finding" herself and thought that they were a little extreme and sometimes down right irresponsible.  I was very disappointed that this book was given the Printz Honor - sure it had a nice story line, with a girl who finally grew up.  But when you had to wallow through such filth and grime to get there, it wasn't really worth it.

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