Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: Peanut - Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 3.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (I quite enjoy this.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: December 26, 2012
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Page Count: 216 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Sadie wants to start over when she goes to her new school. She wants things to be different, wants to be noticed. So, she makes up an allergy to peanuts. Seems easy enough to fool people at first, but what about all the little things that come from having an allergy? Like an epi-pen and you know, not eating peanuts. Sadie certainly has her work cut out for her with this deception and when she finally decides maybe she should come clean it's so much harder since too much time has passed. Sadie's about to find out the cost of lying to be interesting.

This was a great story. The overall message is: if you lie, you will be caught and you will die (of embarrassment). It may seem like a preachy message, but it's true and it was such a great story. Sadie was pretty bad at having a peanut allergy. I guess it would be a bit tricky without the constant threat of DEATH looming over you. A fake allergy is significantly less worrisome for the person faking it, but seems much more stressful for everyone else.

Sadie was just a typical girl, trying to fit in and stand out all at the same time. She didn't want to become a wallflower, so she needed that extra push. This story is a great reflection of growing up and moving a lot. She tried to keep in touch with her old life, but it's hard. People change, especially in the middle/high school years. Everyone is trying to find themselves and this story really reflects that.

This was a great graphic novel. I enjoyed the illustrations. They were mostly black and white with hints of salmon woven in. If you like stories about growing up or being the new kid, check this one out.

First Line:
"No one at my old school knew about my peanut allergy..."

Favorite Line:
"Have fun with your shallow, homophobic friends!"

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