Monday, June 28, 2004

Next up this weekend was a YA novel called My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr, which we have cataloged as Weyr, Garret. OCLC says that's correct, but the UK record has it as Freymann-Weyr, Garret, which I thought was right. But hey, I haven't taken cataloging, so what do I know? Anyway. The book is pretty good. It's about a 14 year old girl who is disconnected from her peers, but close friends with her older brother and his best friend, both of whom are pretty unsure about their sexuality. When she asks them about a comment a girl at school made about them being a couple, she inadvertently causes a big change in the dynamic between the three of them. While I didn't necessarily buy her sudden discovery of her talent as an artist (why wouldn't she have been drawing for years by that age?) and her complete naivete about social laws and conventions seemed too forced, the relationships seemed very real and the uncertainty of her brother and the friend were refreshingly complex and not resolved in a neat little bow by the end of the book.

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