Bistro Book Club

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Logan S., 18
Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
Eve & Adam
Feiwel and Friends 2012

The husband/wife duo of Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate served up a story of the creation of man that was less than Biblical. One day Evening "E.V./ Eve" Spiker finds herself in the path of an oncoming streetcar. She is hit. Her right leg is severed and her arm has been totally obliterated. Her mother whisks her away to the care of her biopharmaceuticals staff and, while there, Eve is asked to use a new simulation program to create the perfect boy. Conceptually, this book was brilliant. Michael Grant is one of my favorite teen authors and I was very excited to dive into this novel. Unfortunately, for such a strong concept, the book itself is sloppy and lacking substance. Eve and her friends did not feel fully developed and the plot ran right in a predictable arc across the finish line. Let it be said that, for being predictable and underdeveloped, this book was very entertaining. Did it change my life or outlook on the world? No. Did it make me rethink my stance on front page issues? No. But, do I regret reading it? No. This novel is short and easy. Pick it up if you have the time.

Rating: 3 Readable

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Logan S., 18
Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Simon & Schuster 2012

I find good "boy" books to be short supply. That is to say, I very rarely find a novel starring a male protagonist that I both like and relate to. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is certainly a treat for a reader like me. Aristotle "Ari" Mendoza doesn't know how to swim. Dante Quintana offers to teach him. Ari, who doesn't have any friends, decides to take him up on his offer. What is born out of those swimming lessons in the El Paso's hot, summer of '87 sun is a beautiful friendship and companionship that is both memorable and wonderful. The years that span the "Blue and lonely section of hell", as Stephen King might say, that is the journey from boyhood to manhood are certainly treacherous and difficult. Benjamin Alire Saenz paints a beautiful and painful picture of just how hard these years are on Ari. This book is wonderful.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Broxo by Zack Giallongo (2 reviews)

Mary F., 14
Zack Giallongo
Broxo
First Second 2012

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!I think what made this book so good was that the charecters were belivable and adorable, also that the book was hilarious! in this epic comic book a tribe of barbarians were mysteriously wiped out. another tribe notices this and sends their princess. she soons finds out that the only one left is a boy around her age named Broxo. together they must find out what happened to his tribe. i really want this book!!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Jack, 13
Zack Giallongo
Broxo
First second 2012

Broxo is about a child around the age of thirteen that discovers an area that used to be for a tribe. Zora, the child, also finds Broxo, the self-called king of the area. Zora and Broxo meet Ulith, a witch who has a mysterious past, Gloth (I don't even know what he is), and the creepers. This book kept me reading till I got to the last page, and wanting some more. I would have to say that it would be hard to imagine a better graphic novel. Zack, you have my eyes for reading your future books. I absolutely loved Broxo and look forward to your next graphic novels. I read just about everything I can get my hands on so it doesn't matter what you write, I'll probably read it anyways.

Rating:5 Hard to imagine a better book


Monday, March 11, 2013

Invisible Sun by David Macinnis Gill

Brent, 16
David Macinnis Gill
Invisible Sun
Greenwillow 2012

When your dad dies in prison from cancer. When his plans for your shadowed flyer comes to ruin. What would you do to find the truth.

Rating: 4 Better than most