Saturday, June 21, 2008

Heading into the weekend on a positive note . . .

The Edge of the Forest has fantastic dueling reviews of Carrie Jones' Girl, Hero. I'm not sure how they're dueling, since they're both very positive, but it's cool all the same.

From Melissa Fox, Book Nut

".... The real success of the book is the letter form it's written in. Because each letter has Lili pouring her heart out to John Wayne, telling him her deepest thoughts, fears, and secrets, the reader feels a connection to Lili, sympathizes with her in a way that otherwise they wouldn't be able to. In addition, starting each chapter with a classic quote from John Wayne, Jones captures the essence of the great movie star, and one girl's idolization of him. It seems a bit odd, given the young-hip-new culture of today's teenagers, that one girl would idolize a western movie star from the 1940s, but it works, and works well. "

And Tanita S. Davis, Finding Wonderland

".... Carrie Jones' third novel Girl, Hero, is both painfully realistic and, peopled as it is with an endearingly bizarre cast of characters, a touch surreal. John Wayne casts a long shadow in this novel (as he does on the very cool cover), but he's not nearly as memorable as Liliana herself, whose scary, sad and funny Freshman year is a testament to the power of acceptance, hope and perseverance, and touches the hero within all of us. ..."

And don't miss Carrie's interview with Dar Williams in the same issue.


Maggie Stiefvater said...

Makes me want to read it, for sure!

robinbridges said...

I loved John Wayne movies - especially the romantic comedies like Donovan's Reef - when I was growing up. (Still do!)

Can't wait to read Carrie's new book!

Tasha said...

Great reviews! I loved Girl, Hero. It was the first of Jones' books that I have read, but it definitely got me intrigued. Will be reading more of her books now!

carriejones said...

Thanks so much for talking about the reviews. I feel so famous now.

xo - Carrie