Lonks reviews a book with the EXACT title we were planning on using for our memoirs. DANG.—Sparkitors
Author: Jordan Sonnenblick
Reason for Reading: The media specialist at my former middle school, who is a good friend of mine, did not suggest this book to me. She told me that I absolutely HAD to read it. Since I do not have a death wish, I decided that I should probably just read the book.
Quote: “But I want to leave you with one thing to think about: Instead of agonizing about the things you can’t change, why don’t you try working on the things you CAN change?”
Copyright Date: 2006
Length: 273 pages
Genre: Teen Realistic Fiction
Rating (out of 10 stars): 8 stars
Summary: Steven Alpers is your average, run-of-the-mill, 8th grade boy. He has a mom and a dad that he loves sometimes and hates most of the time. He makes fairly good grades in school. He has a 4-year-old brother who he pretends to despise. And he’s pretty good on the drums. However, when his little brother is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven realizes that he’s going to have to make some major changes in his life.
Review: There used to be a time where I hated realistic fiction. Why read about normal people with normal lives and problems when you can read about spies and wizards and dragons and fairies and talking animals? But, as I have grown from a book lover to a literature lover (oh, yes. There is a difference), I have learned to appreciate not just the storyline of a novel, but the voice, style, and characterization. All in all, I have learned that a book is much more than a story.
The actual storyline of Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie is in no way extraordinary. These days, cancer is a part of everyday life; I’d be willing to bet on the fact that every single one of you knows a cancer patient. The thing that made Sonnenblick’s novel so incredible is the way in which it is told. The young, dorky, narrator is a fun-loving, sarcastic kid who has a lot of problems to deal with. Although Steven's not perfect, he uses his strengths and the people around him to help him through his time of trouble.
Recommendation: This is a book for the fans of John Green and Chris Crutcher. The story is humorous and well-written, but it is also illuminating and instructive. I would also strongly suggest this book to anyone who has a sibling with cancer. Maybe Steven’s solutions can work for you as well.
Will you be checking out this book? It sounds pretty good to us!
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