September 20, 2003

Freewill by Chris Lynch

An unusual, eerie, almost uncomfortable to read book, which seems to be written in the second person. The "you" is actually the character Will thinking to himself. Will is a deeply troubled high schooler who has lost both his parents and now believes he is responsible for several teen suicides that have occurred in his small town. I first rated this book at 3.5, but it has stayed with me and my strong feelings for the book made me re-rate it to a 4. Printz Honor Book. Some strong language makes this for mature readers.
Reed Reads Score: 4

The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci

Torey Adams' life changes when classmate Christopher Creed disappears. Chris was considered a loser, no ones friend. When Torey's name is mentioned in an e-mail - the last communication from Chris - guilt sets in and Torey feels compelled to learn more. What he finds is haunting; hidden town secrets and relationships that change as Torey learns more. Slow to start, but becomes an intriguing page turner. An excellent read. Some strong language and sexual references. Printz Honor Book.
Reed Reads Score: 4