Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My not so still life by Liz Gallagher –OPTIONAL

Gallagher, Liz My not so still life, 192 pgs. Wendy Lamb Books, 2011. $11.99. (Language-G Violence-G; Sexual Content-PG13 –one bedroom scene.)
Vanessa is an eclectic and funky artist –whose style reflects her colorful ways. She can’t wait to start living a more grown up life and getting a job at a local art supply store is a great start. When she starts to press some of her life views on her best friends, she must come to terms with fact that her mindset might be a little wrong. When she starts to hang out with an older guy –she might have a few more life lessons to learn.
This book is a few months of Vanessa’s life –and it felt short. Students may like how funky Vanessa is and the mistakes she makes. But students will not like overt life lessons, which instantly removes the potential for an authentic teen voice and reveals an adult writer (talking down to them).
HS – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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