Hate That Cat
The follow-up book to Love That Dog, it’s a quick read in unrhymed free verse from the point of view of teenager Jack, in the format of a school-year journal. Jack’s voice addresses his English teacher, Mrs. Stretchberry, who spends a bit of time teaching poetry. While cats appear throughout the piece, it isn’t about a cat or about hate as much as it’s about a teen making sense of poetry with guidance of a teacher skilled in methods of making that happen: it’s about the rhythm, the sound, the feeling, the motion and about self-discovery through writing. (Loved it. Great for all middle school and beyond.)
I finished that little book the same evening I posted about it, and decided it would be a good idea to share my thoughts of these books here as the year progresses. My aim is to write reviews in 100 words or less of the YA (young adult) books with no additional commentary (like this) afterwards. When is the last time you tried to write something with a word constraint? I could easily write 500 words on this book. Easily.
Next up: Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
(I am limiting my selections to books that (A) are in my library and (B) have been previously recognized in some way, maybe like this.)