Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Best and Hardest Thing by Pat Brisson Review

From Goodreads: Fifteen-year-old Molly Biden has always been studious, dependable, some might even say saintly. And she’s sick of herself. So when she spots mysterious bad boy Grady Dillon, she devises a plan to make herself over into someone new, someone who will attract Grady’s attention. She succeeds—but a little too well. When Molly discovers she’s pregnant, she’s forced to make the hardest choice of her life.
This addictively readable portrayal of Molly’s struggle to accept her pregnancy and the fact that her life will never be the same is told entirely in poetry, from sonnets to haiku.

Rating: 2.5/5

Plot: 3.5/5

Characters: 2/5

Ending: 4/5

First, let me thank Holly from Good Golly Miss Holly for hosting a humungo giveaway, because I picked a signed copy of this book! And it wasn't just random, I've been waiting to read this book for months, maybe a year. I couldn't buy it online and my libraries didn't have it either so this was an awesome win!

If you don't already know, I'm very attracted to books about teen problems-like pregnancy. Plus, this novel is written in poetry! I know some people don't get the greatness of books written in verse and poems, but I think it's awesome! Maybe I'm too much of a Ellen Hopkins fan, and I was comparing their books too much, but I was a little disappointed with Brisson's style of writing. Some of her poems were beautiful but I just think some passages didn't flow with the story. I thought the story line was great, but it seems like Molly's transformation was to abrupt and unrealistic. Even with charcters who have a different line of thinking as I do, I can usually relate to them but I couldn't with Molly. I don't think there was enough of her personality in the book; it seemed like she was just a placeholder in the book. If the purpose of this book was to share a story kids can relate to, Brisson did an alright job. But if she was trying to share Molly's story, she didn't hit the mark.

Another character I had a problem with was Grady. I've never known anyone like him, so that might be the reason I find him so unrealistic. He seems like a normal guy, just wanting to get some, but then the author throw's in a twist! Again, UNREALISTIC. By itself, certain aspects of the story I could believe, but all put together in one book and it's not plausible.

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