Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday/ The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony McGowan

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases. 
ISBN: 9780385738224
Author: McGowan, Anthony
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:April 2010
Age Level:14-17

Paul Vanderman could be at any normal high school where bullies, girls, and annoying teachers are just part of life. But normal doesn't apply when it comes to the school's biggest bully, Roth--a twisted and threatening thug with an evil agenda.When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but somehow Roth keeps finding reasons for him to stick around. Then one day Roth hands him a knife. And even though Paul is scared, he has never felt so powerful.(product information and synopsis from Powell's Books)

Like the first book I read and reviewed  (Jack Tumor) by Anthony McGowan, an English author, the title is intriguing. I also liked Jack Tumor plot and McGowan's humor. Although, I am wondering if this new title will contain much humor as the subject matter (bullying, peer pressure, death and dying) may not lend itself to being funny.  Still I didn't think having a brain tumor could be funny and McGowan managed to include a humorous side to it, so I am definitely going to read this one.


Nina said...

Sounds very intersting and I am wondering how he can cope with all of it. The cover is just okay, I think they could have done a better job with it. Anyway good pick.

Mary said...

Sounds like a good book - I'm glad humor is used, sometimes it's the only thing that can get people through.

Lori said...

The cover is kinda scary, but the synopsis is interesting.Here's Mine

Alayne said...

Nice pick, creepy cover. :) My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.

Aleksandra said...

Sounds like interesting read!

Crystal said...

This sounds really good - I'll ahve to add it to my list.

chelleyreads said...

the author puts humor in serious subjects? sounds very interesting and the title is definitely an attention getter. great pick jan! :)

Lea said...

Whoa, sounds pretty intense! Great pick :)

Anonymous said...

I'm the author. The Knife That Killed Me is a pretty intense book. However, unlike my other YA stuff there really isn't much humour in it. It's basically a dark, dark thriller with an unpredictable twist. It's the best thing I've written - just don't expect any laughs!
Nice site, by the way!

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