Spreading Some Bookanista Love for SCRAWL (not your typical bully story)

HAPPY THURSDAY everyone! Have mentioned how amazing I think books are…because really, THEY ARE!!!

Just a  couple of reminders before we get to the amazing reads this week:

1) April is Bookanistas-Give-Back to Relay for Life Month. Here is my post about it if you want more info

2) Oh, and in case you don’t know about te Reading Room….Click here to join The Bookanista Book Club at The Reading Room where you can check out all the books we’re buzzing about!

Now, on to this week’s fabulous reviews:

My Bookanista shout out – SCRAWL by Mark Schulman

Release Date: September 14, 2010

Basic Blurb: I thought, for the blurb, I’d share the book trailer as well as the amazon blurb. First the trailer:

And here’s the blurb (from Amazon):

Tod Munn is a bully. He’s tough, but times are even tougher. The wimps have stopped coughing up their lunch money. The administration is cracking down. Then to make things worse, Tod and his friends get busted doing something bad. Something really bad.
 
Lucky Tod must spend his daily detention in a hot, empty room with Mrs. Woodrow, a no-nonsense guidance counselor. He doesn’t know why he’s there, but she does. Tod’s punishment: to scrawl his story in a beat-up notebook. He can be painfully funny and he can be brutally honest. But can Mrs. Woodrow help Tod stop playing the bad guy before he actually turns into one . . . for real?
 
Read Tod’s notebook for yourself.

 Why I liked it: This is one of those character-driven books that captures a specific voice beautifully. Told from the bully’s POV, the book presents one way in which smart kids can become something no one ever wants to deal with – a bully. I felt like it “humanized” the bully, helping readers understand why some kids do the things they do.

It is a patient read, and in fact little actually happens. This may turn off some readers – but for me, the richness is in the character development that occurs as the reader learns why Tod, the mc, wound up having to write down his entire story to avoid going to jail. It is a good read, and one that is a great addition to any library.

Where to find it:

Next week, I talk about my fangirlish love of DEMONGLASS. What are you reading right now? What new release are you DYING to get your hands on???

And don’t forget about my random commenter contest going on all week. Leave a comment this week on any post and you could win some bookish swag! Fun, right??

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