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  • Posted March 31, 2009

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    A decent book overall

    I looked into this book solely due to a college assignment that required us to read a title by Gary Schmidt. I figured that Trouble looked more interesting than some of his titles so I picked it up with few expectations. I was surprised to find a fairly decent story within, at least keeping my interest throughout the book.
    First off, this book is definitely aimed at a younger audience. Older readers may be offset by the simple writing style that is made to appeal to that younger crowd. The writing style also lacks a bit in a few areas, mainly a diverse, descriptive voice that hooks the older readers. As part of this grouping, I found it a chore to read through some parts of this book, only because the style wasn't mature enough.
    The story itself is quite interesting, although it mainly centers on Henry and his development through the book, it also focuses and relies on racial profiling, showing the problems that occur from such concepts. There's also a fair amount of general drama and death, so some people will be drawn in by those factors.
    As far as the character department goes, Trouble is somewhat lacking. Apart from Henry, our main dude, there are a decent amount of other main supporting characters, such as Chay, Sanborn, and Black Dog (the most boring name ever). These characters, although having fairly interesting back stories, aren't all that interesting themselves. Sanborn is the only character I found myself liking since he provided some form of comic relief between the growing angst. Also, some of the older characters have odd habits, probably because this book is written to be read by a younger audience and this is how they'll probably perceive their seniors.
    Overall, I found Trouble to be an enjoyable experience once I got past the age barrier. I encourage people who want an easier read to go through this book, or to suggest it to their children, probably in the age group of twelve through fourteen. I also would suggest some instructors to consider this book over some 'classics,' mainly because it provides more of a modern look at some problems that persist in our society today, possibly making it easier for children/students to relate to.

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