Everybody Sees the Ants by AS King
YA Contemporary, 2011 by Little Brown, 279 Pages
What I Didn’t Like:
- The ants were weird, right? Sometimes I would think it was working and sometimes I would be completely confused why they were there. I did like that it was explained but, at that point, I’d already sort of made my decision that it was weird.
- The dream jumps didn’t always work. They can be confusing and they added a sort of fantasy element I wasn’t sure we needed.
- The focus on the Aunt’s weight and eating habits was a bit heavy handed and bordered on offensive. You can eat frozen food that’s not terrible for you. I didn’t like the focus on this being an important part of her character. It felt very fatphobic.
- I do feel like the suicidal thoughts discussion needed a better resolution and better handling. There are characters who have suicidal thoughts in this one and it is not dealt with head on in a way that worked, in my opinion. It felt like too many characters were judgemental about the thoughts and that is not a positive way to view any of this.
What I Did Like:
- Delicate handling of some seriously heavy topics. From treatment of soldiers during war to bullying and cheating spouses, this book took a hard look at a lot of things. I appreciated the way most of it was handled honestly.
- Lucky is a GREAT main character. He’s honest and relatable. He’s not perfect but he’s trying. Overall, he’s a good kid and I adored his story.
- I actually LOVE the ending. I can see how some people who like all the answers and pretty bows on their storylines might not, but I did. It gave me satisfaction and resolved a major question.
Who Should Read This One:
- Contemporary fans who like hard hitting subjects being unwrapped and studied.
My Rating: 3 Stars
- Well done contemporary. Steer clear if you can’t handle books with suicidal thoughts or fat phobic content.
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