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Review: Unthinkable

Shirley Duke

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 106 pages
Publisher: Lerner Classroom (August 2010)
ISBN-10: 076136157X
ISBN-13: 978-0761361572
Source: NetGalley

Amazon summary: Omar Phillips is Bridgewater High's favorite local teen author. His Facebook fans can't wait for his next horror story. But lately Omar's imagination has turned against him. Horrifying visions of death and destruction come over him with wide-screen intensity. The only way to stop the visions is to write them down. Until they start coming true... Enter Sophie Minax, the mysterious Goth girl who's been following Omar at school. "I'm one of you," Sophie says. She tells Omar how to end the visions but the only thing worse than Sophie's cure may be what happens if he ignores it.

My review: There won't be much to this review, I'm afraid. The Amazon summary tells you everything about the book. There wasn't much more to it than that. I was very disappointed with the hour I spent reading this book. It felt like a waste in the end.

Why do I have such negative feelings for this book? That's easy... It shouldn't be called a book (for starters). It was more like a long short story. The characters were boring-- no development at all. I couldn't relate to anyone. In fact, they didn't even seem real. It felt like I was reading fictional people. No personality, no depth. (sigh) On top of that, the plot was too predictable. After the first killing you knew exactly what was going to happen.

I gave the story 2 stars because the idea was unique, but that was it. I would not buy a paper copy of this book.


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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