Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Anybodies

Title: The Anybodies
Author: N. E. Bode (Julianna Baggott)

What it's about: When Fern was born, she was accidentally switched with another baby, and she ended up spending eleven years with Mr. and Mrs. Drudger, two people with absolutely no imagination. When she's eleven, her real father, the Bone, comes to get her. He tells her that he is an Anybody, someone who can become anybody or anything, and that Fern has probably inherited the talent. Now they have to find the secret book that belonged to Fern's mother, the book that reveals all the secrets of being a great Anybody.

What I thought: The style of this book is very interesting. We've got a third-person omniscient narrator who has no problem with conversing with the reader while telling us Fern's story. There are lots of funny references to the narrator's writing professor, as well as other asides. This book also has a great love of other books, referencing many classic stories like Alice in Wonderland and The Hobbit. The story itself? Well, it's pretty good. Fern's a good protagonist, and the plot isn't bad. Dang, this is almost as bad as reviewing Moon Boy, although it's not that trippy. Let's just say that this book is weird, but in the best possible way.

Overall: Give it a chance, and you should be pleasantly surprised.

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