Thursday, June 28, 2012
REVIEW: Everybody Sees the Ants, by A.S. King
I absolutely loved this book. The non-linear format of this novel was handled better than any other I've seen. Lucky Linderman is one of the most compelling main characters in YA today, and A.S. King is a writing force to be reckoned with. I'm pretty sure I'll be reading everything she's written to date and beyond.
At first, this seems like a story about bullying and Lucky's dysfunction in the family. But as I read on, I found it was more about taking a stand for yourself, and believing in your strengths. A great lesson for anyone, age 12 to 112. Lucky's situation is similar to the stories my daughter comes home from school with, but his wit, conviction, and vulnerability had me cheering for him the whole way through.
If you're truly looking for something different, something that makes you feel something that is atypical of swooning YA contemporary, I urge you to read Everybody Sees The Ants. Because, they do? Don't they?
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