Monday, January 30, 2006
Now for something completely different.
I believe that this is a good book. I believe that it is authentic to its subjects. It was interesting and it was completely foreign to me, at least on the cultural/ethnic level. Beyond that, it is the classic coming-of-age story (brace yourself - this may be a theme tonight). Jesse, 15, has always been best friends with Rise, 17, but Jesse notices that they seem to be growing apart and he has become closer to CJ. Old bonds don't break easily though, and soon Jesse and CJ start to get pulled into Rise's new associations and they have to make decisions that could put their lives in danger. They have to figure out who they are outside of the influences around them - find the strength to be themselves, and all that cheese. But it was compelling. Ages 14+.