Monday, April 4, 2011

Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb by George Rabasa

Adam is one of those boys people will look at and exclaim that he is too smart for his own good. After spending time in and out of a mental institution for improper behavior, he is finally home again. At eighteen, hopefully this time he will be able to adhere to the standards of those around him. Then, in an abrupt twist of fate, he meets a girl who calls herself Miss Entropia, and who is much more troubled than he is. Pia is unlike anybody Adam has ever met before, and he is instantly smitten. And when Adams goes out of his way to be with Pia, things begin to spin terribly out of control.

This book was just okay, if not a little disturbing. The writing style was very conversational, which was hard to get used to at first, but as the story picked up, it faded into the background and flowed completely. Adam's voice was raw and unapologetic, and was sometimes so gently innocent that it made for a very funny scene. The real pleasure, however, was whenever Pia entered the story. That girl was seriously crazy! It was scary and adorable to watch Adam and Pia fumble together through their adventure. Another character I really enjoyed was Adam's hyper-religious cousin Iris, though it felt as if George Rabasa wanted to do more with her story and simply could not find any excuse to include it in the book. At the end, I couldn't help but feel unsatisfied, almost as though the journey had all been for nothing.

I would be curious to know what others out there who have read this book thought of it!

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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