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August 20, 2016

midair coverBy Kodi Scheer

Published 2016, 211 pages

Synopsis: A depressed teenaged girl goes on a trip to Paris with three of her French language classmates. Having recently lost her beloved brother and feeling neglected by her mother, the girl is convinced that she should end her life by jumping off the Eiffel Tower. She’s also determined to psychologically damage a classmate–one of the girls on the trip–who she thinks ruined her chances of getting a college scholarship. She puts her plan into motion by starting a game of truth or dare designed to “teach” the other girls–whom she believes are too privileged–about reality and hardship.

Review: I hate to write bad reviews; I really do. I was just going to skip writing this because I don’t have anything good to say. But I thought that I have the right to voice my opinion and maybe save someone from having to sit through this. This book had problems right from the start. The author never gave us the main character’s name, so when someone addresses her I didn’t realize whom they were talking to. I was like, “who’s Nessa?” It was extremely difficult to feel empathy for this girl, despite the fact that she lost her beloved brother. She just was not likeable at all. My own brother died at a young age and I can honestly say that even though my whole family grieved and felt terrible, none of us became vindictive, suicidal, or morose. Another problem–There were times when the mood would suddenly shift with no explanation. All of a sudden three of the girls were disgusted and angry with the fourth girl, Kat, for cheating her way through high school. I didn’t understand their anger and horrible treatment of her. Who cares that she cheated? That’s her problem, not theirs. And why in heaven’s name did Kat want pizza so bad after having been gang-raped? The whole plot was just too unrelatable. I didn’t like any of the characters and I didn’t understand their motives for most of what they did and said.

Rating: 1 boot

Recommendation: avoid this

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