Saturday, January 18, 2014


Author:  Walter Dean Myers
Genre:  YA Magical Realism, Standalone
Published:  2009
Personal Rating:  3.5/5 (good)
Format/Narrator:  Audiobook/JD Jackson
Yearly Count:  6

With a drug deal gone bad, Lil J needs to make some decisions in his life, and he may have just stumbled upon some help.

I was surprised to find that the core of this book was magical realism.  It was a short book, so I was fine with that (not a fan of magical realism), but more importantly, it was an interesting way to present the topic/issues in a realistic manner.  The story (especially the ending) can certainly be a portal to conversation for those that can relate.  

Thoughts of Joy     


  1. The title alone turns me off. I'm not sure I would want to read this one based on the description. I am glad you liked it though, Joy.

    Magical realism is hit and miss with me.

    1. Literary Feline ~ I, surprisingly enough, enjoyed the magical realism in this one. :) It is what made the book.

  2. Anonymous8:48 PM

    Myers does seem to have a handle on teens. I'm surprised about the magical realism, I didn't know he did that.

    1. Stacybuckeye ~ "Myers" is what caught my attention. I don't think I would have given it a try otherwise. Having a bunch of audios outside of my favorite genres helps in keeping my reading fresh.


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