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Friday, March 30, 2012

Nobody knows what's going on

The House on the CornerThe House on the Corner by Michael Rains
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Chester hates to clean the hall bathroom. Even though he is bored, he’d rather hide out in his room bouncing socks off the wall than clean the bathroom. When his mom asks him to run an errand to his uncle’s house, Chester agrees and tries to take as much time as possible to avoid that dreadful cleaning chore. However, when he arrives at his uncle’s house, things get really strange. His uncle, aunt and a guest are talking using big words and allude to something which peaks Chester’s curiosity.

At first this story reads similar to L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. There are so many fun little quirks like bubble gum flavored toothpaste to ward off brain suckers and the universal milk and cookie pass. Unfortunately, the author seems to try too hard with symbolism, metaphors and allegory. As the story droned, the action faded with too much telling, summary, and became repetitive and vague. The first 5 or 6 characters were ok, but when Rains added more than that, the storyline and plot just made no sense. The characters didn’t have a clear idea of what was going on and neither did I.

I received this book free from Booksneeze to give my honest review.

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