So I started our next book club book. Actually, I started it awhile ago and just haven't finished it yet. Thankfully the club doesn't meet until next Wednesday, so I have time.
It's different. It's kind of like Diary of a Wimpy Kid for teenage boys. I get the appeal of it and it's been a fun read thus far, but I'm having a hard time picturing it in the YA category. The main character is 14 which makes it the lower end of Young Adult, but I almost feel like it should be classified on the higher end of Middle Grade. Not my call I guess.
The good thing is it's a quick read, so I will definitely have it read by our meeting next week. Stay tuned to see what the other girls had to say about it.
Yesterday started the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Challenge. The idea is to start and finish a novel in just 30 days, from November 1st to November 30th. It's a bit scary to think about writing a whole novel in 30 days, but I'm going to do it. Well, my version of it anyway.
I have a novel that I've been working on all year. I'm about 5 chapters and I'm using this 30 day challenge to finish it. I figured it might help push me towards that next step in the writing process: rewriting. If I can accomplish this challenge, then maybe I can have something ready to look at by the next NESCBWI Conference. I would love to have someone there look at it.
So here goes. My 30 day writing challenge. Wish me luck.
I know, I know. I never did a Matched = Read post. Man, I'm a slacker.
I apologize. As it turned out, my review pretty much stayed the same from my half-way point blog post and the girls of the book club pretty much agreed. We met last Wednesday, October 26th and while it may have taken us almost an hour to get seated, it didn't take us that long to discuss the book.
In short, we were all expecting more. We had a hard time relating to the characters in this story versus other dystopian stories. We also hard a hard time believing everyone would just go with it: Cassia and Ky and help her to find him. As if it was everyday that someone would defying the Society. I expected more of a fight especially from Xander. We liked the plot well enough to read through it and keep going with it page after page. For me, I had a hard time seeing Cassia as our heroin, but then again, maybe that was the point.
Next on the docket: The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie. I just got the book in the mail today and from what I can see, it different from anything else we've read. This ought to be interesting.
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