Friday, January 27, 2012

Catch and Release by Blythe Woolston - NO

Woolston, Blythe Catch and Release, 216 p. Carolrhoda Lab (Lerner), 2012.  Language: R (80 swears, plus 34 ‘f’); Mature Content: R (drinking, drugs, body parts).  Polly and Odd have survived a flesh-eating bacteria, but have no idea how to continue on with their lives as deformed survivors – Odd has lost his foot, Polly and eye – and both of them lost so much more than that.  On a whim, Odd drags Polly out on a one day fishing trip that ends up being a road trip instead.  The pair don’t even know how to connect with each other – Odd used to be a football star and Polly was just happy having a boyfriend and her perfect life all mapped out – so the road trip may or may not help either of them find a way to move on.  

I understand that Polly and Odd were dealt a really crappy hand – but I felt personally assaulted on every page.  And the end just left me hanging.  Maybe Woolston achieved everything she was attempting to do, but I can live my life without ever reading this again.  NOT RECOMMENDED. Cindy, Library Teacher

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