A Solitary Blue
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So I have to do this summer reading project on a book called "A Solitary Blue", and I can assure you that it is the single worst book I have ever read.
Basically it's about this kid whose mother left him when he was really young because she wanted to solve the world's problems, but ends up living with her family down south. This kid now lives with his father, an older guy who's a professor at a nearby university. Then the kid is invited randomly to his mom's place for the next few summers. I won't tell you exactly what happens, in case you read it (don't), but his mother completely betrays him and he finds out she's been a big jerk all along, especially to his father, who she pretty much only married for his looks and connections and used for money.
Now, there are several reasons why I hate this book with a burning passion.
For one, it's plotless and there's literally no dialogue. It's set up like a fictional biography. It's also super dry and boring with no action or events or practically ANYTHING. Worst of all, the main character is very obviously depressed, but the book sends a bad message - even though he is depressed, even emotionally unstable, he does not seek care or even take note of his issues. It's basically saying "hey, kids, if you're dying inside, don't do anything about it!"
It's required reading for my whole grade, but literally no one likes it, including the teachers. Have any of you heard of it, or worse: read it?
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#2
No I have not and I am grateful. It sounds like Madam Bovary without any of the purpose, poetry and double the depression.
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still sounds better than the first chapters of maniac magee

i started reading today and for once in my life i was glad to put it down
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Also never heard of that one...Wondering if I should ask...
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