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“So many strange and wonderful things happen at every twist and turn, you'll be happy to wander with Josie . . . Each book she descends into seems to teach her something, and even if it's not obvious where the story is going, we're in it for the long haul.” —NPR
From Shannon Hale, bestselling author of Austenland, comes Kind of a Big Deal: a story that will suck you in—literally.
There's nothing worse than peaking in high school. Nobody knows that better than Josie Pie.
She was kind of a big deal—she dropped out of high school to be a star! But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. And Josie fell. Hard. Ouch. Broadway dream: dead.
Meanwhile, her life keeps imploding. Best friend: distant. Boyfriend: busy. Mom: not playing with a full deck? Desperate to escape, Josie gets into reading.
Literally. She reads a book and suddenly she's inside it. And with each book, she’s a different character: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead in a YA rom-com, a 17th century wench in a corset.
It’s alarming. But also . . . kind of amazing?
It’s the perfect way to live out her fantasies. Book after book, Josie the failed star finds a new way to shine. But the longer she stays in a story, the harder it becomes to escape.
Will Josie find a story so good that she just stays forever?
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About the Author
- ASIN : B084F8WJ7X
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press; Illustrated edition (August 25, 2020)
- Publication date : August 25, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 28121 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 397 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,544 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Problem number 2 - the supporting characters. The author gives a nod to transgender issues with one character but does almost nothing with that - this character becomes your token "wow see how politically correct I am" person, without that person's individuality ever making any statement in any of the book-fantasy sequences in which the person appears. (Not going to give a spoiler.) Oh, and the other nod to being "aware" is the drama teacher, but again, nothing is done with this and he turns out to be not so positive a character. Then there's the love interest - we hear nothing but Justin, Justin, oh, how I love Justin, does Justin love me... but we never actually MEET the real Justin (until the end), so we're just seeing this person through the imagination of the whiny, needy main character. We have no idea if he's really the wonderful person she sees him as - he's never REAL. So why should we care about how much she cares?
Third issue is the whole "dysfunctional family" thing that runs in the background. As one reviewer noted, since our main character is Greek, why is there no "Greekness" to her character? We only get a vague reference to this in the fact that her mother wanted to give her children Greek names but the father refused. If you read between the lines after you get to the end of the book, you realize that, yay, because our heroine had a grounding in Greek culture and myth, that helped her understand what she was dealing with - but it's a throwaway. So are all the "issues" from her divorced family, hateful older sister, etc. - undoubtedly these were shaping influences, but we only see them through the lens of our character's endless complaining. They never emerge as real figures.
Now, most books that have a character who is able to enter into the world of a book are written in a way that encourages readers to at least figuratively "get into" more books. Sometimes that doesn't work so well - and kudos to Hale for at least inventing her own fictional worlds rather than, as so many books do, trying to get the character into a bunch of existing books. But - since the results of our character's book-hopping are so negative, one can't help but think this might actually DISCOURAGE readers from exploring more books, rather than encouraging them to read more. None of these books are ones any of us would probably care to experience!
By the time we reach the grand climax at the end, we're so worn out with the character's complaining and her unhealthy dependent relationships that it's hard to care how she gets out of the trouble she's in - and the trouble that she's in, in the "book" world," really has very little to do with the trouble she's in in the REAL world. It's over-the-top in terms of a fantasy climax - when what we are really waiting for is for this person to figure out how to get over her real-world emotional issues, not how she manages to engage in a final knock-down fantasy comic book battle.
Mainly I'm just wishing I'd read the negative reviews before I bought this!
And relevant social issues seem haphazardly interjected.
And the main character is not very believable most of the time to me.
Good points It? It did fly by, it was fun to an extent. I almost gave up on this book and honestly, finishing it feels kinda meh. At least I know what happens though. Kinda thinking my 3 stars is a bit generous, but this is what it is.
It feels very amateur in it's writing and flow, but genius in its plot line, so that's weird.
It still was entertaining, but just... eh.
Also. ALSO. FIVE SEPARATE CHARACTERS WITH THE SAME FIRST LETTER OF THEIR NAME. (At the end that is kinda discussed but not at length and the very paltry reason that's given for a few of them is... paltry.) Main character and her love interest have the same first letter. Bah.