Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff

Brezenoff, Steve The Absolute Value of -1, 289 pgs. Carolrhoda Lab, 2010. Language - PG-13 (7+ swears, 4+ "f"), Sexual Content - PG-13; Violence - G; I quit reading at page 28. I didn't find it interesting in the least bit. Nothing was going on but three kids walking around, swearing, smoking, and being pervs. MS, HS - NO. Reviewer: CCH


Ambon Pereira said...

You quit reading after page 28? That's an automatic fail: you can't presume to review a book, unless you've actually read it. Otherwise I could just dismiss the whole of Christianity because the Bible has a boring title, and I found the first chapter of Genesis a little bit random.
In the future, do not post a review on a book that you haven't read. That's just a basic form of intellectual honesty-- and decency-- that you owe to your audience, the author, and to yourself.

Cindy Mitchell said...

I will pass your "kind" words onto the young lady who read the book, but I don't think your rant is going to win you any friends.

I always promise my STUDENT reviewers that they don't have to finish reading anything that they don't want to - for whatever reason. I only ask that they be completely honest about why they didn't finish.

As for myself and the other ADULT reviewers, we do finish the books. All the way to the bitter end, sometimes.

Shaun Hutchinson said...

It definitely earned him at least one friend!

Cindy Mitchell said...

It would be nice if you actually had something constructive to say about the book.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this book very much. The pain that each character felt as they navigated through their tough teen years was visceral. This is a character driven book, and the author does a fantastic job of showing readers how the same events can be perceived so differently among all participants. My heart especially ached for Lily, a young girl in love, desperately wanting to connect with Simon.

The trailer really captures the mood of this novel:

Cindy Mitchell said...

Thank you Laura - I think you are right on about the trailer. I appreciate your weighing in. It looks like a definite high school book.