19 November 2011
A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie
Blackstone, Matt. A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011.
Rene is a high-school freshman with OCD. He passes up face-down coins, smells his left hand when he's nervous, and doesn't do anything when the digits in the time add up to thirteen. He is trying his best to survive high school and keep his English teacher from leaving, while becoming friends with Gio, the cool new kid at school.
Unfortunately, folks, this is where the plot ends. Actually, there isn't much of a plot. It's kind of sad. Books about teens with disabilities or different abilities are quite popular, and I've read several interesting YA novels featuring teens with OCD. This novel, however, has no plot. The cover is interesting, the title is interesting, but the book is just not interesting at all.