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Double Review! The Duff and Zombies vs Unicorns




Wow, two winners in one week. Of course, even though one has nothing to do with the other, they will be forever entwined in my mind.
So what can I say that has not already been said about two titles the literati has been chomping at the bit to read for months?
I found The Duff to be completely honest, and I'll be honest here. I loved this book, I loved the voice, I loved the story, and I found it to be completely real. Hats off to Keplinger for doing something no one else has done before: admit that teen girls want sex just as much as teen boys. It's true (not for everyone, but nothing is true for everyone) BUT now I have this moral/ethical problem of recommending it to my teen library patrons. Some of the sex scenes are graphic and even though the characters are careful to play it safe it still amounts to luck that nothing bad happens to Bianca. Even level headed and smart girls make mistakes (not that they make them on their own, mind you).
I can think of quite a few grown "girls" who I will be giving this book to.
After careful thought and much research, I have decided to come out of the closet. Team Zombie, you are me and I am you. The unicorn stories did not rock my world (don't read that as they were poorly written or uninteresting-they are not). The zombie stories just made me so much happier. I can't get the Maureen Johnson story out of my head. This is good stuff! What's next? I nominate Lawn Gnomes vs Selkies! Then Mermaids vs Dragons. Bring it on!

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