Friday, January 28, 2011
Wolves, Boys, & Other Things that might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler
Age Group: Young Adult
Series and Book #: no series
Synopsis: KJ Carson lives and outdoor lover's dream. The only daughter of a fishing and wildlife guide, KJ can hold her own on the water or in the mountains near her hometown outside Yellowstone National Park. But when she meets the shaggy-haired, intensely appealing Virgil, KJ loses all self-possession. And she's not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing that they're assigned to work together on a school newspaper article about the famous wolves of Yellowstone. As KJ spends time with Virgil, she also spends more time getting to know a part of her world that she always took for granted...and she begins to see herself and her town in a whole new life.
Just to clear things up, this book is not about werewolves. It seems that most of the people I talked to about this book thought it was about werewolves, even I thought it was about werewolves before I bought it. No, it's about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park.
This was a informational book that I thought was very interesting. KJ was a strong character when it came to what she believed in, which were the wolves, but wasn't strong when it came to herself. She let Kenner, Mandy, and Joss (the bullies of school) to push her around and even let her dad kind of control her. That's what bugged me about her most. She also messed up everything she did with the wolves which added problems, but got annoying after awhile.
This book is about a very sensitive subject: wolves. Some love them dearly, and some hate them mercilessly and you see both sides in this book. It was informational and was a detailed read. She explains everything about where she lives and the things that happen involving the wolves.
Overall, this book is not for ones who don't like informational and definitely-not-paranormal reads. It was great to read, hearing both sides of the wolf subject. Still not sure where I stand, but this was a very nice informational novel. I thought the book picked up immensely in the end when KJ finally stands up for herself and does what's right and is strong and passionate.
The Cover: This cover is so appropriate and I think I fell in love with the bright background and the dark wolf and model. The model was my image of KJ throughout the entire novel. Very cute.