Sunday, January 27, 2008

Defect by Will Weaver

Okay, I'm tired, so I'm copying and pasting from Amazon:
David's odd appearance makes him a target for bullies, but what sets him apart most is his secret: he can fly. After persistent hazing, he is moved to an alternative school, where he meets Cheetah, a girl with epilepsy. David and Cheetah, both medical anomalies and social outcasts, begin a strong friendship and, eventually, a romance. When David's flying is observed in public, everyone wants a piece of him—doctors, religious fanatics, the press. With the steadfast support of Cheetah and his compassionate and loving foster parents, David must decide whether to undergo corrective surgeries to remove his collapsible wings, giving him a more "handsome" appearance. The eerie cover and enticing premise will draw readers in for a big payoff. David struggles with his ability: Is it a gift or a curse? Will he be different if he looks different? Does God have a plan for him? Teens struggling with social stigmatization and medical issues will find a champion in David.
A quick read, and would make for interesting discussion material, but not award-worthy. NAY from me.


At January 28, 2008 at 9:43 AM , Blogger Carol K said...

I really liked this book. There would be a great deal to talk about in a book discussion group or in a classroom. It would appeal to both boys and girls. Not sure it is award worthy in terms of literary value, but surely better than many I have read. I give it a maybe.


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