Sunday, March 14, 2010

Milestones by Samira Armin Hodges


Faye is struck by lightning. And she lives. How many other fourteen year olds can say that? When she tells her parents of this striking event, they act like it’s nothing. They hand her a summer camp brochure and send her away. Out of the five other kids who have no idea what kind of camp they are going to, is Benji. He is Faye’s crush and happens to be the only person who saw her get struck by lightning. That can’t just be a coincidence. While the campers are given odd tasks to complete by the wicked director, Faye must put aside her feelings for Benji so she can focus on what matters more. Why are they here? How can they get away? But those eyes … that smile….

Milestones is so enjoyable and fun! It’s unpredictable and had me thinking hard. Everything is a riddle and it’s amusing to sit back and read how the characters piece together the puzzle. The characters are so different from each other that their interactions are very entertaining. The cover doesn’t show how much fun the book is and isn’t the best fit. The formatting is a bit odd, having fifty-two chapters that vary in length. It’s also full of unnecessary sixth grade curse words. Though the storyline is choppy, the book is perfectly unrealistic! It’s unlike the other books I read and it’s refreshing. It is just … fun! I can’t wait for the next ones in the series.

Milestones by Samira Armin Hodges
252 pages, published by Hungry Goat Press, ages 14+

4 out of 5 stars

Contains: profanity


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