Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Charlie Woodchuck is a Minor Niner

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Charlie Woodchuck is a Minor Niner

Charlie Woodchuck is a Minor Niner by Dayla Moon
YA, Kindle, fiction
Read November, 2011
Review summary: cobbles together two decent plots

A friend told me about the wonders of the Kindle, and how there are all these free books available for it. So I downloaded the Kindle app for my phone and set out to find one. This is what I found.

Plot #1: Upon entering high school (in the 1980's), Charlie Woodchuck uses her male-sounding first name to get into a male-only woodshop class. She isn't a tomboy or anything like that; she just wanted to buck the system. She receives a lot of flack for taking on a protest she can't handle.

Plot #2: In science class, Charlie learns that parents who both have blue eyes can't (biologically) have a kid with brown eyes. (Note: there are exceptions to this. The genetics of eye color aren't that cut-and-dried.) But that's the case for Charlie. Was she adopted and never knew it? She struggles with whether to confront her parents and find out the truth. Even when she does, her parents aren't exactly straightforward about answering her questions.

I found the character believable and the references to '80s clothes and trends funny and endearing (which is how I think they were meant), in contrast to those in _Viola in Reel Life_. The story progressed at the right rate, and it ended the way I expected it to, which is to say I wasn't disappointed in the ending. But honestly, one of these plots would have been interesting enough. They seem to continuously wrap around each other, but never intersect, like you'd hope.

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