Saturday, November 14, 2009

Review: Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande

Your best friend hates you. The guy you liked hates you. Your entire group of friends hates you.
All because you did the right thing.

Welcome to life for Mena, whose year is starting off in the worst way possible. She's been kicked out of her church group and no one will talk to her—not even her own parents. No one except for Casey, her supersmart lab partner in science class, who's pretty funny for the most brilliant guy on earth.

And when Ms. Shepherd begins the unit on evolution, school becomes more dramatic than Mena could ever imagine . . . and her own life is about to evolve in some amazing and unexpected ways.

REVIEW: This book is a wonderful debut novel and Robin Brande has done a spectacular job with brining forth this very controversial topic.

At the start of the book, all of Mena's friends (who go to her church) hate her for doing the right thing. Only, in their eyes, she didn't do the right thing. So, Mena begins school friendless, being bullied, and even her parents are angry with her. They seem to side with her church.

But Mena finds a safe haven: her science class and her teacher, Ms. Shepard. Her lab partner, Casey and his sister Kayla, aren't too bad either. With their help, Mena must decide is what she did was truly the right thing to do or the wrong.

The plot, dialogue and setting was just great. Everything in the book seemed to fit in perfectly resulting in a great book. The subject of EVOLUTION eventually comes up and it is nicely handled. It wasn't addressed as EVOLUTION vs. RELIGION or EVOLUTION vs. SCIENCE or anything like that.

Mena was a great character but I've got to say I loved Kayla just the same. She had a lot of gut to speak up about what she believed in. To me, Kayla was a very intelligent girl and a wonderful friend. I have to say, the relationship between Casey and Mena was expected and I liked how it call came about.

I loved this book, the story line, the characters and most of all how this controversial subject was addressed. This is diffidently a book you all should read.

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