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review 2015-07-11 00:00
Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns
Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns - Michael Cart,Marc Aronson,Edward Averett,Francesca Lia Block,Chris Crutcher,Alex Flinn,Gregory Galloway,Jennifer Hubbard,Peter Johnson,Ron Koertge,Chris Lynch,Walter Dean Myers,Joyce Carol Oates,Eric Shanower,Will Weaver,Elizabeth Wein,Tim Wynne-Jones Poor storytelling, too much message-sending, bland characters, unbelievable and predictable settings and situations, unreadable short stories that no teen will find appealing. Sorry, I did not enjoy this at all and I don't think teens will either.
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review 2014-03-19 11:57
Cameron and the Girls - Edward Averett

I was kind of looking forward to this book, and I can say, I am disappointed.

Cameron was a really annoying kid, I really didn't sympathise with him. He was treating his disease as if it was just all nothing, something you can experiment with. Messing with his medicines, messing with his own head. I just felt repulsed. I know medicines might numb you, till the point that you don't feel anything, and I can imagine that sucks hard, but come on, those pills are made so you don't break apart. So you can live a life without pain, feeling a bit more normal.

Also, what was up with his attitude regarding everyone? Seriously, everyone is just trying to help, yet you push them away, act hateful and hurt them so much. 

What I did learn? Well that clearly kids from 13/14 are not mature enough to take their own medicines and the decisions that go with it. Screw the law in this case, I think you should look at every kid individually and see if they can take it. In case of Cameron, they shouldn't have allowed it. 

Nina, I really disliked her too. She was just motivating Cameron to stop taking medicines, to beg, to skip school. And you can see where that led them both. I also think she was just too desperate for attention.

Also, I didn't feel like Cameron was 14. The way he acted, the way he talked, the way he thought about his illness, I thought he was 8, maybe 10 years max.

Would I recommend this book? No.

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review 2014-03-18 00:00
Cameron and the Girls
Cameron and the Girls - Edward Averett Actual rating 1.5 stars.

I was kind of looking forward to this book, and I can say, I am disappointed.

Cameron was a really annoying kid, I really didn't sympathise with him. He was treating his disease as if it was just all nothing, something you can experiment with. Messing with his medicines, messing with his own head. I just felt repulsed. I know medicines might numb you, till the point that you don't feel anything, and I can imagine that sucks hard, but come on, those pills are made so you don't break apart. So you can live a life without pain, feeling a bit more normal.

Also, what was up with his attitude regarding everyone? Seriously, everyone is just trying to help, yet you push them away, act hateful and hurt them so much.

What I did learn? Well that clearly kids from 13/14 are not mature enough to take their own medicines and the decisions that go with it. Screw the law in this case, I think you should look at every kid individually and see if they can take it. In case of Cameron, they shouldn't have allowed it.

Nina, I really disliked her too. She was just motivating Cameron to stop taking medicines, to beg, to skip school. And you can see where that led them both. I also think she was just too desperate for attention.

Also, I didn't feel like Cameron was 14. The way he acted, the way he talked, the way he thought about his illness, I thought he was 8, maybe 10 years max.

Would I recommend this book? No.
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review 2013-11-30 16:38
Cameron and the Girls by Edward Averett
Cameron and the Girls - Edward Averett

I'm still unsure what I had read, but I absolutely enjoyed it. Its about a boy who has a type of schizophrenia. It was interesting, especially since it was written in the first person point of view. Then again, I highly doubt it would've done well because this is a disease in the mind. I can't remember specifics, since I am more a generalist type of person than detailed when it comes to reading. Overall though, it was great.

I do remember though how he only wanted to be normal, and because he had been labeled by his disease he always is treated special. If I remember correctly, he mentioned he wanted to be off the meds to be considered normal, to know what its like to feel. Apparently according to him, he doesn't feel at all.

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