Book Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Background: I recently attended the Autsin Teen Book Festival and, as I am often inclined to do, I kept walking up to complete strangers and asking them who they were here to see and why. Everyone does that, right? I was surprised when several teenage boys and men said they were there to see Sara Rees Brennan, her book covers seems so girly. But yep, that’s who they were there to see. So I bought a signed copy of Unspoken and began reading it.
The first thing you should know is that despite the fact that this is a ya paranormal, I laughed out loud a lot. I had to stop and read several passages out loud to The Mr. when he gave me sideways glances about how loudly I was laughing. In fact, I give unto Ms. Brennan and honorary award for Most Hilarious Romeo and Juliet reference. Read pages 69 and 70. Also, bonus points because Kami goes to the library to do research and this is also a fun scene: “Can you tell me where I could find books on Satanism?” Twenty minutes later, she had Dorothy convinced that it was for a school project, and she really did not have to telephone Kami’s parents (p. 43) So that’s two random completely made up awards, Best Romeo and Juliet Reference and Best Library Scene. Don’t worry Sarah, your awards are “in the mail.”
Filed under: Book Reviews, Sarah Rees Brennan, Unspoken
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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