Monday, June 6, 2011

Review: Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

Book: Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler
Genre: YA (not fantasy, as you might think)
Rating: A-
For: Utah Author Month
From: Borders, with a coupon! :)

This one has been on my radar for awhile. I mean, with a title like that, you can't help but take notice! But of course, I assumed it was a werewolf sort of book. But it's not... it's just a wolf sort of book. So if you are like me and think wolves are cool, you should enjoy this one for sure.

It's about a girl who lives near Yellowstone Park. She's an outdoorsy sort. She lives with her dad who takes people on fishing trips. Now and then she gets to go, and sometimes they track down the wolf packs and watch them. She feels a kinship.

Then in school that year, she is assigned to write about the wolf packs for the school's newspaper column. In the process, she suddenly finds herself right in the middle of a major controversy regarding the wolves and should they even be in Yellowstone? Because now that they are, they are killing the livestock of local ranchers. Not a good thing!

Meanwhile, a new boy moves in for the school year, and it just so happens that his mom is quite the wolf expert. And it just so happens that he is an awesome photographer, and so they get assigned to go out and study the wolves together. And then stuff happens.

So I had fun with this story, learning about the wolves and all, trying to decide who was right and wrong in this issue.... the wolf people or the ranchers. You can see both sides, that's for sure. An interesting dilemma. My only complaint is that it did border on being a bit too political for my taste, and once again, I just wanted more character interaction and less talk on the issue. But despite that, I really enjoyed it and it was a fun quick and easy read.

Bottom line: I liked it a lot.

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  1. I liked this one, too, a lot more than I thought I would. Funny, I kept wondering the same thing - when's the guy going to turn into a werewolf? I kind of like the fact that he never did.

    Glad you enjoyed the book, too :)

  2. Never heard of this book, sounds interesting. I do not mind stories that deal with issues cause that can add greatly to depth. However, I tend to become a bit impatient with a story if it become preachy about an issue. Do you think this book was preachy?

  3. I remember the first time I picked this one up and read the synopsis. I was shocked. I thought it was going to be werewolves. I still haven't read it, it sounded a little to agenda-y for me.



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