Sunday, April 19, 2009

Review: "A Certain Strain Of Peculiar"

Book: "A Certain Strain of Peculiar"
Author: Gigi Amateau
Pages: 262
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4.5 out of 5

13 year old Mary Harold has to leave. She has to get out of her current town, away from all of the bullies and the "black ribbon club" and get to the town of Wren, where her grandmother lives. Whether her mom wants her to or not. And so far, it looks like she dosen't. Throughout "A Certain Strain of Peculiar" Mary works on the farm, wrestling cattle, taking care of her own cow, Sue and her baby deer, and fighting of the bullies that are so mean to her new best friend, Dixie, who acts exactly like a horse. Delta, Dixie's brother, is terribly annoying to her and after he ends up a victim of one of her fights, Mary learns to instead of bullying him, to try to teach him. The question is, will Mary learn who her new self really is? Will she make nice with Dixie again? And will Bud win the election? And what about the budding romance between Bud and her own Mom, or is it something even more? Find out by reading "A Certain Strain of Peculiar!"

Overall, "A Certain Strain of Peculiar" turned out to be a pretty good book! I liked how it had a lot of different, unexpected twists, such as Mary teaching Delta to knit, which kept it interesting. I thought that the plot was nicely developed and interesting. One of the things that I didn't like about the story though was that at times things seemed to repeat themselves. I liked how Mary had quirks about her, like her one too long toe, but yet she lived with them. I think that Gigi Amateau did a pretty good job on this story other than a few small flaws throughout the book! I'm looking forward to read more of her upcoming young adult books!

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