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Indie romance, very cool, very artsy.

The DisenchantmentsTitle: The Disenchantments
Author: Nina LaCour

Summary: Told from teenage boy Colby’s point of view, this novel follows the adventures of Colby, Colby’s best friend Bev, and sisters Meg and Alexa.  Bev, Meg, and Alexa, though they’re not so great at playing music, are the members of The Disenchantments, a girl band that is successful mostly due to the fact that its members are drop-dead gorgeous.  Colby and Bev have graduated from high school and are planning to spend the summer touring with Meg and Alexa before Bev and Colby head off to Europe to see the world.  At least, that’s the plan, but just as they kick of their road trip/tour in Colby’s uncle’s Volkswagen van Bev reveals to Colby that she applied to college and will be attending art school in the fall.  It’s a story about growing up and figuring out what to do after high school.

Six Word Review:  Indie romance, very cool, very artsy.

I started reading because:  A friend of mine told me that if I like John Green’s work, I’ll like this book.

I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s extremely relatable if you’re currently in high school.  It’s kind of quirky and very alternative.  A fun read.

I loved the journey that each of the characters go on.  Both the physical and metaphorical.  I hated how badly it made me want to go on a road trip.  It sounds so ideal.

If Meg was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted Most Likely To:  Be The Physical Embodiment Of A Rainbow.

Anything else we should know?  The novel contains a lot of contemporary artistic things like street art. It provides a realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be a teenager today.

–Regina, 18, West Seattle

Cracking the Hub: Dodger, Struts & Frets and more

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I finished The Hub Challenge  just before the deadline! 

The next three titles I read to finish the challenge are: Dodger, Struts and Frets, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett was a 2013 Printz Honor Book about a guttersnipe living in Victorian-Era London.  He makes a living my being a “tosher”Dodger – someone who walks through the sewers of London picking up anything of value that has washed down the drains.  One night he emerges from the sewer to see a young girl trying to escape from two thugs, and he rescues her.  Now Dodger is on a mission.  He is going to make sure she’s safe from whoever is after her.  That determination brings him into contact with “peelers” (police), journalists (most notably Charles Dickens who I liked much more in this book than by anything I’ve ever read BY him), Sweeney Todd (the murderous barber), and Queen Victoria.

This is one of my favorite books of this challenge.  Once I put it down I wished I could immediately pick up another adventure with good old Dodger at the helm.  He’s charismatic, honorable (despite his best intentions), people smart, and full of adventure.  I had seen this book mentioned by librarians all over the country as a favorite.  I just hadn’t been motivated to pick it up to read for myself until this challenge.  I waited too long.  This is one exceptional read. 
What do you think – if the underbelly of London society had a yearbook, what would they write about good ole Dodger?