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Filed under: A-Z Reading Challenge, B, Fiction, Swedish, YA Challenge 2008, Young Adult
Det fattas en tÃ¤rning
by Johanna Thydell
First line: Svarta naglar pÃ¥ tangenterna, skÃ¤rmen vit och tom.
Back cover blurb:
“Om ni hÃ¶r nÃ¥gon ropa sÃ¥ Ã¤r det jag. Jag Ã¤r Puck. Jag Ã¤r sexton Ã¥r. Och jag Ã¤r livrÃ¤dd.”
Det hÃ¤r Ã¤r boken om Puck, en ung tjej som gÃ¶r allt fÃ¶r att inte fÃ¶rlora kontrollen, inte lÃ¥ta nÃ¥gon komma fÃ¶r nÃ¤ra, inte visa vem hon egentligen Ã¤r. Men det Ã¤r ocksÃ¥ historien om en pappa som fÃ¶rsvann och en mamma som stannade kvar. Om hur det Ã¤r att vara rÃ¤dd — rÃ¤dd fÃ¶r arga rÃ¶ster, rÃ¤dd fÃ¶r att folk ska fÃ¶rsvinna.
Thoughts: The language in this book was pretty simple, but not at all in a bad way, which made it easy to read and thus I finished it in about an hour and a half.
I like the main character, Puck (real name Petra, but nicknamed Puck by her father). She’s insecure and scared, and she messes up from time to time, but she’s not weak. There’s a guy she likes, but he’s a bit of an asshole and doesn’t exactly treat her well, and instead of sitting quietly by, letting him, she calls him on it and tells him to get lost. This I loved!
I’m giving Det fattas en tÃ¤rning a B rating. All the characters were likable (yes, even the asshole, actually) and the language, while simple, was lovely (some authors know how to use simple language remarkably well. Per Nilsson springs immediately to mind as another example).