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Poison Ivy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Very Unique Novel

    Normally, I hate novels with more than three POVs, but I had no trouble differentiating between all of these characters. (I always have a hard time with Jodi Picoult trial books). They are all very unique and different and it doesn't take a long time to pick up on it.
    I loved the plot, and most of the characters, but the ending made me throw the book on the ground because it was so frustrating.
    It bothered me that Ann was such an unrealistic, selfish character. It also bothered me that Ivy was hardly depressed or upset after all this time. He coping method was interesting, but I don't really think it was enough. I also wish that there had been some type of conclusion between Ivy and the struggle with her mother. It was one of the loose strings in the book that never really tied up.
    Despite my criticisms, I really did like this book. I'm nearly 17 and I know that this book was aimed a younger range, but I still loved it the same. I really related to Marco in his frustration over the whole thing, and I thought that his thoughts were really well written.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

    Life isn't Fair

    High school students recollect a mock trial that was thrust upon them by an overzealous government teacher. The trial consists of one bullied girl with some very interesting coping mechanisms bringing suit against her attackers. The attackers, of course, are three popular girls who comfortably perch atop their high school¿s social hierarchy. Without saying too much, things do not go well for any of the trail's participants. But, you know what, life isn't fair, high school even more so. In response to the criticism that the book lacks resolution, so does adolescence. I'm just grateful to finally see a book that reflects all this.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

    Swimming against the current

    Like drummers marching to a different beat, high school is like a fish pond or bowl full of all kinds of fish. Ivy feels like a fish out of water, or at least a fish swimming to a different wave. When her teacher at school presents her with a teaching/learning situation, Ivy is cornered into a confrontation with the bullies. She would prefer to swim away, not that I could blame her. In fact, it seems that all the the fish would prefer to swim away and not acknowledge that bullying or mistreatment actually exist. The author has presented a timeless story that addresses and sums up the indifference and apathy of society, and that it is no different in high school. My conclusion, can the reader take away from this story a desire to obliterate injustice, indifference and apathy and make a difference in their own lives when faced with people who are mistreated. I enjoyed the story.<BR/>Deborah Fleet, MLS Librarian

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