"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

22 December 2014

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

King, A.S. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future. Little, Brown BFYR, 2014.

Glory and her best friend decide to drink desiccated bat dust mixed with beer. The next day they begin having visions. Every time Glory looks at a person, she sees both that person's past, including their ancestors, and the future of that person's progeny. Glory is understandably overwhelmed by these visions; meanwhile she's trying to decide what to do with herself after graduation and attempting to convince her father to come out of the decade-long cloud of grief he's been living in and to start working and living for real.

This book was bound to be weird. I understood the plot behind the weird relationship between Glory's family and the "commune" that was living on their property, but I got stuck on the bat: why in the world would anyone think it was safe or smart to drink dead bat dust? Ew. I don't understand why the girls didn't get horribly sick and end up hospitalized. All that aside, this book would be an easy one to recommend, and kids who like very strange books would probably love this one.

Recommended for: young adults
Red Flags: underage drinking, sex, Glory sees lots of nude pictures in her mom's old photography journals
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

Read-Alikes: Belzhar, We Were Liars, Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie

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