It’s Thursday of Rene Gutteridge Week! What’s been your favorite part so far? We’re not done yet, though; there’s more to come.
Listen by Rene Gutteridge (Tyndale, January 2010), 432 pages
Marlo’s known as being a town where nothing bad (or newsworthy) ever happens. No one knows what to think or where to turn when a mysterious website starts publishing the private conversations of townspeople. People’s initial reactions are varied, but as hours turn into days, it becomes clear that the site could have serious consequences.
I really loved the different perspectives in this book — a couple teens, a newspaper reporter, a newspaper editor, a cop, a mom.
In some ways, this felt like an issue book — a book written to illuminate, explore, condemn, etc., a certain problem — rather than just a book. I tend to dislike stories written for the purpose of conveying a moral or message. But as time has passed since I read it, that impression, along with my irritation based on it, has faded. Instead, I’m left with the thought that this story is a somewhat new exploration of the power of words, both to hurt and to heal. What I remember in this case are the aspects I enjoyed: the characters, the emotions.
Gutteridge’s Occupational Hazard series is still my favorite of her work, but this isn’t at the bottom of the stack, either.
- Other Gutteridge books I’ve read:
- Boo [my review]
- Boo Who [my review]
- Boo Hiss [my review]
- Boo Humbug [review Friday]
- Possession [my review]
- Scoop (Occupational Hazards, book 1) [my review]
- Snitch (Occupational Hazards, book 2) [my review]
- Skid (Occupational Hazards, book 3) [my review]
- Ghost Writer [my review]
- Never the Bride, co-authored by Cheryl McKay [my review]
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