Winter Town was one of the ARCs I received at NCTE11 in November. Finally, while on winter break, I got a few free hours together to read it. I have to say I enjoyed it. The story has two main characters, a teen boy and a teen girl and follows their friendship as they navigate their own teenage problems. What I thought was unique and interesting is that throughout the story are little comic strips or images that coincide with the story as illustrations, or are part of the story as examples of what the characters are writing. It is not the type of story that I would use in my classroom to teach but I would feel comfortable recommending it to students and having it on my shelf. There is some mention of drinking (and throwing up because of it) and casual mentions of sex but nothing is explicit nor does it come across as encouraged. I think that this book is very timely and modern discussing texts, emails and even mentioning Glee. That, actually, might be one of my concerns for the book that it will become dated quickly but only time will tell with that.
Interest Level: High School
This book was published on December 5th, and as of now I have not found any information regarding the reading level or awards that it has won. If I come across any in the future I will update this post!
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