Saturday, June 25, 2011
Crazy Beautiful By Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Author: Lauren Baratz- Logsted
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Date: January 03, 2011
In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.
Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.
But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering.
Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.
In the novel, "Crazy Beautiful" by Lauren Baratz- Logsted tells a captivating story of a boy who blows of his hands when performing a personal science experiment. His parents decide the the best thing for him is to change schools, and put the past behind. At his new school he meets a girl named Aurora who is also new but dealing with a darkness that covers her life. Aurora has a very gentle and warm personality, quickly climbs the socail ladder of highschool and soon becomes popular. But Popularity doesn't change the type of heart she has. The unlikely couple of new students become friends even though there are circumstance that stand in their way the pair begin to a friendship beyond "just friends".
Pros: I love Aurora's personality, it isn't often that you see a charcter that is genuine and nice. She is very polite and understanding. For a teen character in a young adult book she is very mature and nurturing. It was a great read, really fast and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Cons: The con's of this book is that the POV jumps around quite a bit. But, other than that it was a good read.There wasn't any OMG moments.
My Thoughts: I felt like this book didn't really have any memorable moments. It was a cute teen story read but it wasn't something that a year from now I will remember what I read. I thought it was interesting story and very risk taking because it talked about a sensitive subject such as a person missing their hands. Another thing that bothered me in this book was that their wasn't any "I can't believe this happened" moments. But, I feel that for this book because of its context they may not have been needed.