Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Also Known as Elvis by James Howe - ADVISABLE

Howe, James Also Known as Elvis, 279 pgs. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster), 2014. Language - PG (17 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - PG; Violence - PG; 

The Gang of Five is on summer vacation and it seems like everyone is having fun except Skeezie. Bobby's going camping with his dad, Joe is going to Canada, and Addie is going on a road trip. Meanwhile, Skeezie has to get a job, his dad comes to visit, and girls are confusing. Since when was summer hard to deal with? 

While this companion wasn't as good as The Misfits, I still liked it. (And while I recommend reading The Misfits, it is not necessary to read it in order to enjoy this book.) In picking this book up I wanted more involvement with all the characters I know and love rather than just Skeezie. Nevertheless, it turned out to be nice learning what happened to the Gang of Five after the initial book, and to read Skeezie's story specifically. Sometimes we don't know who we are or where life is taking us (especially in middle school), but life has a way of working out. I hope everyone gets to be as happy as Skeezie is at the end of his story. 

MS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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