Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: Everybody Sees the Ants

Everybody Sees the Ants Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Talk: Lucky is pretty much anything but. He is bullied relentlessly at school. His relationship with his dad is strained at best. His mother avoids confrontation with obsessive exercise. He can't talk to girls. Everything changes when Lucky and his mom go to Arizona. Lucky learns the secret of his grandfather's disappearance in Vietnam, and gains confidence in himself.

My Thoughts: This is a thoughtful, interesting book. It was painful to read about the bullying that Lucky incurred at school, but it was also very real and thought-provoking. I was a little put off by the dream sequences in Vietnam, but I think the author brought it around nicely in the end. All in all, a powerful book.

Recommendation: 4/5 stars
Grades 9+ (language, adult situations)

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