It’s that time of the month again – Fiction in 50 kicks off on Monday! To participate, just create a piece of fiction or poetry in fewer than 51 words and then add your link to the comments of my post on Monday. For more information, just click on that snazzy typewriter at the top of this post. Our prompt for this month is…
Be there or be square!
It’s back to YA for my TBR Friday effort this month, with A Bad Day For Voodoo by Jeff Strand. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
When your best friend is just a tiny bit psychotic, you should never actually believe him when he says, “Trust me. This is gonna be awesome.”
Of course, you probably wouldn’t believe a voodoo doll could work either. Or that it could cause someone’s leg to blow clean off with one quick prick. But I’ve seen it. It can happen.
And when there’s suddenly a doll of YOU floating around out there—a doll that could be snatched by a Rottweiler and torn to shreds, or a gang of thugs ready to torch it, or any random family of cannibals (really, do you need the danger here spelled out for you?)—well, you know that’s just gonna be a really bad day …
Ten Second Synopsis:
After receiving an unfair failing grade in a test, Tyler’s well-meaning but slightly deranged best friend obtains a voodoo doll of the teacher in question. After a completely innocent poke that causes the teacher’s leg to fly off in a spectacular display of bloody cinema, Adam experiences an episode of paranoia in which he obtains a voodoo doll of Tyler, and the shenanigans begin in earnest.
Time on the TBR Shelf:
I’m not entirely certain – It was published in 2012, but probably made it on to the shelf sometime in 2013 or 2014…or 2015.
Received as a birthday gift
Reason I haven’t read it yet:
I really, really wanted to read it for ages and so relegated it to the shelf. As you do.
- There were a few genuine laugh-out-loud moments in this one, particularly during the “teacher’s leg flying off” scene. The writing is casual and full of banter and this is obviously meant to be a funny book, rather than a book with any serious subplots, so it was a fun, light interlude.
- Tyler is a protagonist one can relate to, who, through no fault of his own, finds himself in a series of unlikely, but amusing, life-or-death situations
- The voodoo sellers are pretty funny characters who almost steal the show.
Less Impressive Bits:
- The banter-y style started to get old for me about halfway through the book. By the last quarter I just wanted the author to get on with the story, as things become a race against time, but the obligatory banter kept up until the end, which I felt slowed the pace a little.
On reflection, was this worth buying?
Considering it wasn’t my money that paid for it, yes.
Where to now for this tome?
I will probably pass it on to someone who will enjoy it.
This is another chink off the Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block.
Until next time,