Diane C. Mullen
Charlesbridge, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Jessica Maguire
his is a book that I would have much preferred to never have picked up. As it is, I barely was able to get through the first thirty pages. The story, which may be interesting to readers ten through thirteen or so, is not anything I can relate to.
iam comes from a troubled background in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He passes his time tagging (graffiti) as a form of expression. Being dissed by his baseball team and feeling like he doesn't belong anywhere, his older brother has him tag a rival gang's graffiti. Trouble, of course, ensues.
he story isn't all graffiti and gangs, however. Liam is sent to Michigan for the summer to study art with his mother's friend who is an art teacher. The art teacher lives in an area far removed from the world he knows. But perhaps, through his art, Liam can find where he belongs.
he language and style the book is written in is unique, and not in a way I enjoyed. The writing is more like one is reading Liam's thoughts as he is thinking them. The sentences are abrupt, rough around the edges, and don't flow well, making reading this a painful experience for me.
f you like
, have an interest in graffiti art, rough neighborhoods and gangs, and choppy writing that is like reading a quilt, then perhaps this story is for you. But this book is not for me.
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