Friday, May 20, 2011
Bullyville by Francine Prose
Great concept, but poorly written. Bart's dad dies in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, and he's "lucky" that his mom didn't go to work that day, too. Bart was sick, his mom stayed home, and the two of them held the secret from everyone that his dad had left them six months previously for a younger woman. Love this plot line--very interesting. But the whole Bullyville concept fell a little flat. There are so many prep school stories out there that involve bullying, but this one never seemed true. The friendships were fake, the relationships between the characters were forced, and I never was attached to anyone. Never. Sure, it was a quick read, but it just didn't work.