Thursday, March 8, 2012
Hoodie by Brendon Lancaster
This book should be assigned reading during the last year of middle school, as kids are about to be overwhelmed by teenage years in high school.
Ben, the protagonist, is one of those complex characters that makes it very hard for the reader to make up her mind about. I found myself wavering between really liking him, enjoying his strength, his personality, to wanting to smack him in the head. These are the best kinds of characters. The ones that behave like real people. Joe is another great character. He makes a great foil for Ben, with a sensitivity that years to soothe the troubled teen’s mind. Joe is a fully realized character as well, and, even though he doesn’t appear that much throughout the book, he tends to take over the scenes in which he does.
What’s most impressive about this book is the authenticity that comes through, especially in the dialogue. There are no stilted, awkward moments, but smooth phrases that keep the reader turning the pages. The honesty in the writing comes through, which is not an easy thing to accomplish.
As I said at the very beginning, this is definitely a book I’d recommend to all teens. A must read.