Here are the last four reads:
Mercy on These Teenage Chimps by Gary Soto is a nice story about just how bizarre it is to turn 13 and to have your body completely change. One day you’re a regular kid, the next day you wake up only to discover you’ve turned into a chimpanzee – sort of human-like, but totally different. Ronnie and Joey are best friends who are struggling with their chimp-hood, but are getting through it together. When the coach embarrasses Joey in front of the girl he loves, he’s so humiliated he climbs a tree in his yard and refuses to come down. Some helpful battery and solar operated camping equipment make his exile a little more comfortable, but best-friend Ronnie feels like he has to smooth things over so he can actually hang out with his best friend again – on solid ground. I liked this story and its characters, but am wondering about the wisdom of every adult he meets to send Ronnie up on the roof!!
And last, but certainly not least, Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski. Devi’s boyfriend of four years dumps her days before prom and she’s devastated. She wishes that she’d never gone out with Bryan in the first place. After Devi accidentally drops her cell phone in a fountain at the mall, she discovers her phone is now connected to her freshman self. Trying to save herself from her current heartache, Devi tells the younger Devi not to go out with Bryan at all. Of course, altering the past has various effects on the future and the two Devi’s struggle to find a balance between trying to “fix” some events, while letting other people make their own choices and decisions. In the end, the two decide that more studying is a good thing (she gets into a great school!) but “fixing” the past isn’t always a good idea. “Having loved and lost” isn’t all that bad when trying to figure out who you are and finding your own true self.
At the end of this 100-Book journey, I would have to say that I agree with Devi in that “the point” of things isn’t the destination, but really the trip itself is where all the good stuff happens. I’m glad that I have reached my goal of 100 Books, but the most important part was the great characters I’ve met, creating this blog, reading people’s comments and talking about these wonderful stories with my students. Thanks for coming along for the ride.