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This was a unique story, and I could not get it read fast enough. Rotters follows a teen boy named Joey. After his mom is killed, he is sent to live with a father he has never known. I hate repeating the synopsis of the story (you can read it below the book cover picture), so here is my opinion on what I read… it was fantastic! The idea that grave-robbers still exist and the methods they use to get the job done without being discovered was a unique perspective. On top of that, Kraus adds some real history to the story when he mentions bits and pieces about grave-robbers from the past who dug up bodies for doctors to use. The imagery used could be considered fairly gross and graphic, as decomposing bodies are described. The story is fast-paced, alternating between Joey at school dealing with bullies, and Joey at home or at “work” with his dad. The reader learns alongside Joey, and feels his inward struggle and pain over losing his mom and accepting this new life. Kraus gives you characters that you can root for and that you want to see grow and survive. Even when those characters are weak or do things that you may not approve of, you can understand where they are coming from.
This particular novel is written diary style by a young girl named Maggie May. At first we get a couple of boring entries but then suddenly she starts really writing. We learn about her school crush and about Ada, a mysterious girl at her school that is unlike all the other girls. Maggie comes from a normal home where there is a lot of pressure put on her to excel academically. However, Maggie loves to swim and doesn’t care so much about academics. Constantly compared to her over-achieving and smart brother, she frequently feels less-than.
Eventually Maggie an Ada have an encounter and as the story progresses we learn that Ada is a prostitute. Maggie becomes one, not because she comes from a broken or abusive home, but simply just because. She is interested and it is easy money. Besides, if Ada can handle it, so can she. Maggie seems to have her head in the clouds with idealistic views of how things can be, but the reality never quite seems to match up.
I finished this audiobook in two days and absolutely loved it. How could someone deny a pregnancy, and what happens when they can no longer deny it?
This story provided an interesting perspective behind why someone would hide their pregnancy and throw their baby away. It also provides the reader with a glimpse into the judicial system, although the majority of the story revolves around fifteen year old Devon and how/when she comes to terms with the reality of what she did.
The only part of the audiobook that I did not like was the mother’s character. It didn’t seem authentic to me. She was always a little TOO perky, upbeat, outgoing… even in inappropriate circumstances. She seemed more immature than her daughter, Devon, which is perhaps how the author intended for her to be.
I’m looking forward to reading future books by this author, but after reading her bio and how she is busy with 5 kids of her own, it may be a while.
Between the Lines is about Delilah and Oliver. They meet, fall in love, have a barrier they must overcome in order to be together, and then live “happily ever after.” Or, do they?
There is a twist. Oliver is a character in a book that Delilah finds in her school library. For some reason, she is the only one that has ever been able to hear him or see him move. Her mom thinks she is going crazy, her BFF feels neglected and hurt, and occasionally she brings up missing having a father.
Oliver is stuck. He is the Prince in a fairy tale, destined to repeat each scene every time the book is opened. When the book is closed, all the characters live lives that may be somewhat contrary to what the story tells the reader. For example, the villain is not really a villain at all, behind the scenes. And Oliver, well, Oliver is not in love with the Princess that he is supposed to live happily ever after with. He wants out, and when he meets and falls in love with Delilah, it becomes imperative.
The book alternates between the voices of Oliver, Delilah and The Book. The rest of the story is about the various ways Oliver and Delilah try to get him out of the book and into her world.