Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister, Lulu, are unchaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food . . . and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone's love and friendship to the test.
Alternating chapters of prose and comics are interwoven in The Year of the Beasts, an extraordinary novel from Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powel that will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Cecil Castellucci is the two-time MacDowell Colony fellow and award-winning author of five books for young adults, including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, and Beige. This year she accepted a position as YA and children's books editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, a newly launched online magazine. Cecil Castellucci's books have been on the American Library Association's BBYA, Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists as well as the NYPL Books for the Teen Age and the Amelia Bloomer list. Born in New York City, Cecil lives in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'll just say it, I was expecting something about a circus. Not that I'm crazy about them but the beginning sentences made me believe that the polot would center on a circus. Wrong. Told in alternating prose and graphic novel chapters, this is the story of teen angst, sibling rivalry, and grief. Tessa and her best friend let Tessa's younger sister, Lulu, hang out with them. When the circus comes to town and Lulu steals the heart of Tessa's crush, Charlie, Tessa tries to reign in her jealousy and begins to secretly see a bad-boy loner from town. The graphic novel chapters show Tessa as Medusa, her unruly hair as snakes, with a centaur and minotaur thrown in (guess which of the group of friends is each one?). The feel of the chapters seems jerky when gong back and forth the chapters. While I enjoyed the story for the most part, I don't see interest in it from my middle school readers.
A fascinating, tragic story about a young girl. I never knew what to expect, and the alternating storylines were an intriguing device and had such a devastating payoff. A beautiful and honest book.
Surprisingly good for a tragedy, I was slightly disapointed when the climax & main crisis were pushed towars the end and there was very little explanation as to what had happened. Beautifully writren and with believable characters, I think the author captures Tessa's feelings in a way that we can relate to.