Monday, February 8, 2021

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman - HIGH

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
, 400 pages. Quill Tree (Harper), 2021. $18. 9780061998676 

Language: R (100+ swears, 13 “f”); Mature Content: PG (girlfriend mental abuse); Violence: PG-13 (some fighting, some blood) 



Ash, short for Ashley, lives a pretty normal life at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum. At school. However, he is a valued member of the football team. Then one hard hit on the football field sends his universe out of whack. Actually, it sends the whole universe out of whack. At first the differences seem to be very small, but another hit sends Ash farther off course. With some tutoring from a group of mystic beings, Ash has a chance to right everything. But choosing incorrectly could end Ash’s universe forever. 

I am not going to tell you the several ways that Ash’s different universes change, but Shusterman has remained true to his brilliance at crafting books with many, many layers. The twists come at just the right pace – Shusterman has managed to address some very important issues – racism, homophobia, date abuse – through these layers. I can’t wait to read it again. 

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS 

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