Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wednesday=Book Review Time

Up for today: SMILES TO GO by Jerry Spinelli

Smiles to Go

Why I bought it? I got this because I like Jerry Spinelli's writing usually. The main character is a boy, and I was hoping that would help my boy want to read it. When I read inside the front cover it made me laugh, and so I thought my daughter would like it a lot if no one else did.

Synopsis: Will Tuppence is worried about the universe around him falling apart when he finds out that protons decay. Will life ever be the same again? He is constantly annoyed by his little sister. He's falling for a girl and getting love advice from the 5 year old next door.

What did I think? It was pretty good. There were funny parts and poignant things that I liked.  I especially like how Spinelli got the title. This book didn't reach me as well as most of his do. I think this was aimed at his target audience a little better than at me since my daughter loved it. She read it first and kept telling me I should read it. Now that I've read it, I'm not sure my son will go for it. Oh well. He's a hard sell.

My score: ***1/2

My daughter's score: *****

Cleanness score: 2, This has very little bad in it, but there is are a few descriptions of injuries.


giddymomof6 said...

Hmm.. I've never even heard of this author. I'll have to check him out! Thanks for the review!

PJ Hoover said...

I love how you show both of the scores - your daughter's and yours.

lotusgirl said...

Giddy, My favorite books of his are Stargirl and Love, Stargirl.

PJ, I'm glad you like hearing her point of view. She's very opinionated and a lot of times we disagree.

Lady Glamis said...

I have never heard of this author, either. It sounds like an interesting read, for sure. Why wouldn't your son like it so much?

You give such great reviews!

Alexa said...

I have this on my TBR pile. I adored Stargirl, it was so beautiful.

lotusgirl said...

glam, he's a ya/mg author. I would think you'd enjoy Stargirl better than this one. My son is pretty picky. Since I'm not loving it big time, I think he won't either. I could be wrong though. He could like it as much as my daughter.

Alexa, I hope you enjoy it. Have you read Love, Stargirl?