Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Select by Marit Weisenberg - OPTIONAL

Weisenberg, Marit Select, 352 pages.  Charlesbridge, 2017.  $18.  Langauge: R (100+ swears, 23 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (implied sex, body words); Violence: PG-13 (some blood).

Julia Jaynes has the perfect life and the perfect family – even though she is the odd one out.  She and some of the other teens have been put to the side, however, supposedly to stop the questions from the community in which they live.  After her beautiful insider sister causes a huge scene at the local pool, however,  Julia is blamed and is ostracized even more – forced to go to the local high school.  There she struggles to keep her secrets from everyone around her, even her own family, as she is attracted to normal.  Julia goes back and forth between loyalty to family and her strong feelings for John – confusing both of them repeatedly – until the day when she finally has to make a choice that will last forever.

Weisenberg set up a yo-yo case of cold feet and confusion.  Julia’s constant flip-flopping on every issue became frustrating.  I can’t see a boy of any age putting up with her dizzying machinations.  The supposed magic powers of the group didn’t seem interesting or important enough to warrant the urgent secrecy of the family group, either.  The cover will probably draw fans of Matched and Divergent, but I would wait until it is available in paperback.

HS – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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