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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Crazy Beautiful (Young Adult)

Released September 2009

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Fifteen-year-old Lucius Wolfe lost both of his hands during a science experiment that goes awry. Due to the expense of prosthetic hands, he is left with scars over much of his body and hooks for hands. Many feel he is crazy and dangerous. As a result, his family has to move to a new town. At the new school, one of the popular kids dubs him “Hooks” and they all start deeming him as the crazy kid to avoid. Lucius finds friendship with the school security guard. What Lucius really wants is to get to know the new girl, Aurora, with whom he feels a strong and instant connection.

Fifteen-year-old Aurora Belle is new in town. Her mother’s terminal illness took a toll on her father, and he’s ready for a new start. Aurora instantly hits it off with the popular crowd, but she’s surprised by the strong attraction she has towards Lucius. The only problem is that he’s crazy and scorned by his peers.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s story covers common topics, such as bullying, peer pressure and romance. Much of the action occurs once Aurora, the popular crowd and Lucius find themselves working together on the high school production of Grease. This helps spur the climax of the story in a page-turner that’s hard to put down.

CRAZY BEAUTIFUL. It’s a powerful story with an even stronger message. I loved it and am pretty sure teens will put this on their keeper shelf.

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