Friday, February 12, 2010

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

Strasser, Todd Wish You Were Dead, 236 p. Egmont, 2009. $16.99. Language: PG-13 (27 swears, 0 “f”), Violence: PG, teen smoking and drinking. Want Lucy Cunningham dead? Wish granted. Maddy and Tyler were the last ones to see her alive – when they dropped her off after a drinking party. Then Adam, Courtney’s boyfriend, disappears and then Courtney, Lucy’s best friend goes missing too. All of the Queen bees and BMOC’s at Soundview High are in a sweat, wondering who might be next. Maddy is pretty sure that it might be her. I would have thought that with all of the years of experience that Strasser has had, that he would deliver a tight, fascinating read – but, alas, NO. This felt like a first time effort for a self-published novel. It didn’t even interest me on a superficial level. HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher

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