Book: Hokey Pokey
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Jan. 8, 2013
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
This book was very bizarre. When I started it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was waiting for something dazzling or imaginative. And it certainly delivered one: imaginative. In fact, it’s one of the most imaginative books I’ve read. But I’m not sure how much all of that imagination worked. When I started reading, I thought the story was bizarre. And when I was halfway through I continued thinking it was bizarre. When I finished “bizarre” was still ringing through my head.
It was such a unique world, and nothing like I’ve ever read before. The characters were a little strange at times and I wasn’t sure what was happening throughout the story. It definitely took a little stretching of the mind. There were parts that made me feel very nostalgic and other parts that were straight up weird. But for the most part I enjoyed the characters and strange story. There were a couple of parts that didn’t make sense and there was some jargon that seemed disjointed. I saw what Spinelli was doing and I appreciated how he wove this crazy tale into something unique and different. I’m not sure I’d go out and recommend, it’s definitely an acquired-tastes-kinda-book.
*ARC generously provided through NetGalley by publisher in exchange for my honest review.