Sunday, October 11, 2009

2009 book 213

James Fuerst's Huge
This novel has a lot going for it--for one thing, the narrative voice is stellar. The narrator is an emotionally disturbed 12-year-old who's really into detective books, and he tells the story in a totally hard-boiled style (with hints of the 12-year-old creeping through). For another, it's just a great slice of life story, where the kid is trying to solve the mystery of who defaced the sign at his grandmother's retirement home while dealing with local bullies, being thought of as crazy by everyone in town, and his older sister, all in 1980s New Jersey. Anyway, I really enjoyed this. A.

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