April 25, 2010

Harmonic Feedback

Harmonic Feedback
by Tara Kelly
YA Kelly T
288 p. 2010 Fiction
Grade: A

Drea has Asperger's, but while reading her story, I identified so strongly with her at points that I wondered if I have Asperger's. It really shows Tara Kelly's skill in letting you enter her character's head. If you've ever felt socially awkward, you will cringe along with Drea as she makes new friends. An attractive and well-drawn love interest and other memorable side characters round out this absorbing and authentic debut.

Reviewed by Teen Lit Book Club member Jaclyn D.

Blood+ 01

by Asuka Katsura
YA Graphic Novel Katsura A
194 p. 2008 Manga
Grade: C-

As the name suggests, Blood+ is pretty bloody and keeps to the general sterotypical drama. They were also posing the question, "Are you your past or your present?" But it was poorly done and chunky. I also didn't like the way they portrayed the U.S. We looked stupid and bloody.

Reviewed by teen patron Sofia F.

The Arrival

by Shaun Tan
YA Graphic Novel Tan S
2006 Graphic Novel
Grade: A

I loved the way The Arrival is told in pictures only. It means everyone comes up with their own interpretations and meanings. The artwork is also very creative and beautiful.

reviewed by teen patron Sofia F.