Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Falling Boy by Allison McGhee

After a mysterious accident involving his mother leaves sixteen-year-old Joseph is in a wheelchair, he moves to Minneapolis with his father, where he spends his first summer there working in a bakery. He works with the flamboyant Zap and is haunted by nine-year-old Enzo, an angry kid who hangs out at the bakery and desperately wants to believe that Joseph is a superhero.
This was a quiet little book that was beautifully written. My only reservation is that even though the characters are young, it felt like a book intended for an adult audience. I'd be very interested to see what other people think (pay careful attention to the author bio and the blurbs from other authors when judging whether this is intended for adults or teens....)
A MAYBE for now.


At August 17, 2007 at 9:23 AM , Blogger Iris said...

For me, Falling Boy was an intellectual tale that required perseverance to get into. Once I got through the first chapter it turned into a sort of bittersweet, slow story. One particular character that drove me nuts was the little girl, "Mighty Thor" Enzo, and her clickster. Somehow she just didn't ring true to me. Nay.


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