Kotecki, Nathan The Suburban Strange 368 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012. $12.74. (Rating: Sexual: PG13, Language: PG13 (sex talk -some it gay) and violence: PG).
Celia has always been a shy artist –but since being adopted by the dark and cool Rosary clique at her new school, well she is becoming a new person. While finding a new love for music, intelligence, and beauty –Celia is stumbling into a world of mystery as well. There is the interesting boy at the club who stares at her, a friend at school who might be a witch, and a series of accidents involving virginal birthday girls. Celia seems to be at the heart of it all.
The setting was fantastic; the author is obviously a real aficionado of music -which students would totally dig. Honestly I was surprised to see this funky, cool, interesting book fall quickly into the Twilight like cliché I dread so much (beautiful, special, magic, intense yet obvious romance….). The worst part was the virgin vs non-virgin theme that is threaded throughout the book, it was really unnecessary and may make this book not quite right for your school library.
HS –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary Librarian & Author.