2 sentence book reviews, part 3 (young adult fiction and graphic novels)

part 1 of this series included reviews of five fiction books, and part 2 included reviews of four general non-fiction books. this time around, i’m covering two categories: young adult fiction, and graphic novels.

my approach: one sentence of summary, and one sentence of opinion.

YA fiction

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
5 stars
(Surely you know) Future world teenage girls fights for her life in a government sponsored death match. Worthy of the hype, completely.

Catching Fire (Hunger Games, book 2), by Suzanne Collins
4.5 stars
Victorious teenage girl from the first book inadvertently launches a revolution. The weakest of the three, but only because it’s primary purpose is to set the stage for the final book.

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, book 3), by Suzanne Collins
5 stars
Teenage girl is the reluctant face of the revolution that may or may not be corrupt. Fantastic wrap-up to the trilogy.

Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, by James Patterson
2 stars
Young teen guy figures out how to survive middle school. A 4th grader might enjoy this offensively juvenile, complete rip-off of Wimpy Kid: really, James Patterson?

Graphic Novels

The Walking Dead, vol. 15: We Find Ourselves, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
3 stars
The gang settles into a new outlook: thinking about the future (while, of course, avoiding zombies). I love this series; but there wasn’t enough plot advancement in this edition.

The Death-Ray, by Daniel Clowes
5 stars
Less-than-average teenage boy discovers he has superpowers, and a death ray gun – but how to use them? I love Clowes understated style, completely other than “comic books.”

Hark! A Vagrant, by Kate Beaton
5 stars
A (surprisingly long) collection of hilarious comics set in historical settings. Time mag called this one of the best books of last year, which is surprising, but accurate if best means original.

6 thoughts on “2 sentence book reviews, part 3 (young adult fiction and graphic novels)”

  1. I think Mockingjay was worse than Catching Fire. The ending was just like uhhh..I don’t have anything else to say so I’d better stop them now. But still a good trilogy!

  2. No arguments on 5 stars for the Hunger games, but I would have given book 2 maybe 3 or 4 stars and probably just 4/4.5 for book three. It was definitely better than 2 but no where near the level that book 1 was written at.

  3. Will you be reviewing YA novel, “Cracked” by K.M. Walton?? I have not read it yet but a few of my friends and their teen children have been buzzing about it. it’s a book about bullying told from the bully AND his victims point of view. Sounds pretty cool.

    Thanks :)

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