The Implosion of Aggie Winchester by Lara Zielin

The Implosion of Aggie Winchester by Lara Zielin

Release Date: August 4, 2011
Publisher: Putnam
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Author
Interest: Story
Challenge: None
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Sixteen-year-old Aggie Winchester couldn’t care less about who’s elected prom queen-even if it’s her pregnant Goth-girl best friend, Sylvia Ness. Aggie’s got bigger things to worry about, like whether or not her ex-boyfriend wants to get back together and whether her mom will survive cancer.

But like it or not, Aggie soon finds herself in the middle of an unfolding prom scandal, largely because her mom, who is the school’s principal, is rumored to have burned prom ballots so Sylvia won’t be elected queen. Aggie’s own investigation makes her wonder if the election could be dirty on both sides.

What an awesome book!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when starting this book. I had read Lara’s other novel Donut Days, and I remember that I liked it and that it had a religious theme to it. It wasn’t one of those “preachy” novels, but  I wondered if  Aggie Winchester would have any of those elements…. and from the first page I could tell this was going to be a whole different novel. Lara’s trademark wit and humor where there, but this was a whole different world. And I loved it!

Aggie was an interesting characters… and I mean interesting in the fascinating way. She paints on her Goth make-up everyday as a shield against the outside world. And one of the aspects of the story that I enjoyed the most was watching her find her true self. I mean the girl likes to go bass fishing! How cool is that… bet you wouldn’t have expected that!

I hated Aggie’s best friend, Sylvia. She’s mean and selfish, and she drops Aggie like yesterday’s trash when a new girl comes to school. I was glad for Aggie that their friendship fizzled even though it wasn’t ideal for Aggie at the time. Aggie and her relationship with her mother was intriguing… and not really in a good way. It was a train wreck, their relationship is sad. Aggie’s mom is so focused on why she’s doing the things she’s doing, like her Goth make-up, that she forgets to focus on the person she is underneath the make-up. It’s heartbreaking.

And then the prom scandal… and boys… Aggie has a lot to deal with!

A fantastic contemporary! Add this one to your reading piles!

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