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review 2018-03-17 05:16
‘Time Bomb’ is like ‘The Breakfast Club’ with an awful school bombing; suggests teens might just be ticking ‘time bombs’
Time Bomb - Joelle Charbonneau

This was an extremely fast read for me; I flew through ‘Time Bomb’ in a matter of hours, and it almost felt like I was following a similar clock to the one that was ticking away in the book. Six exceedingly different students, not unlike seen with the setup in the movie ‘The Breakfast Club’, find themselves trapped together because of the horrific circumstance of someone having set off bombs at their school (although, conveniently, school isn't quite in session yet, so there aren’t mass casualties).
The wrecked and damaged school that has them stuck inside, suspicious of each other, is a reminder of all the problems that schools represent for schoolchildren today: the gun debate because of the mass shootings inside schools, bullying, kids and their constant need to live up to certain standards, whether it’s their own or others’, unchecked mental illness, prejudice of others based on appearances...and by bringing ALL of this up in the teens’ conversations and through their own perspectives, Charbonneau makes the novel about more than just the bombs going off at this high school. The different stereotypes that the kids all fit into, serve to remind us that, right up until the end, when we find out ‘whodunnit’ all these kids are essentially ticking ‘time bombs’ waiting to go off. If not then, they could at some point. I think it’s easy to focus on the event of the bombs in this book, and kind of ignore that it’s all emblematic of the tumultuouness of teenagehood.
While ‘Time Bomb’ held my attention all the way through, I think this all could have been delved into in a more concrete way, because there were a lot of open doors to explore the hard issues that these teens were going through. Overall though, it’s a definite page-turner as far as the story and action go, with a surprise twist at the end.

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quote 2018-03-17 03:13
were you... Planning on decapitate me with a coat hanger ?
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text 2018-03-17 01:03
Reading progress update: I've read 439 out of 505 pages.
Saga Book One: Deluxe Edition - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan

Oh, look, I didn't bug you guys about this for 200 pages. 



Not sure why I find this so hot, but I do!

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text 2018-03-16 22:48
World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III - Ben H. Winters


Henry is incredibly single minded.

His sister got duped big time.

As long he's sniffing out 'stuff' Cortez is happy a as a clam most of the time. 

Henry was smart enough to leave the dog behind safe with an Amish family.


At least the whining didn't last long.


I can only use one at a time unless I'm collecting, so I'm going to hold this one for a bit.

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text 2018-03-16 21:37
I got out of town for a bit

I realized a week or so ago that I haven't actually left town under my own power in maybe 8 months or more, partly because I'm a homebody, and partly because of my driving anxiety. Unfortunately, the longer I go without a significant drive of some sort (outside my usual routes, or anything outside of town), the easier it is to find reasons not to go anywhere, and the worse my anxiety gets when I do finally go somewhere. So today I decided to force myself to go out of town for a bit. It took twice as long as it should have to figure out how to get back (construction zones *shudder*), but everything went fine.


I did a bit of book shopping and, although I bought a few things, none of them were very impressive finds. I did at least manage to rein my shopping in a bit - I only bought 7 books even though there were a bunch I had my eye on.


The one thing I'm pretty excited about is a cute little Totoro puzzle I found. From what I could tell from the sample in the store, it's designed to be like a stained glass window and should hopefully include a frame in the box. I assume the pieces snap together and stay in place? I guess I'll find out.


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