FUNNY LITTLE MONKEY by Andrew Auseon

FUNNY LITTLE MONKEY

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Alienated freshman Arty Moore’s self-esteem doesn’t rise any higher than his squat, 4’2” frame, especially when standing beside his towering 6’2” bully of a twin brother, Kurt. When Arty’s frustration with his brother’s torturing reaches a peak, he takes revenge by pointing the disappearance and destruction of the school’s mascot toward Kurt. First-time novelist Auseon offers a tepid coming-of-age story with realistically sarcastic characters whose inner voices ring humorously true when they’re not polarized by his aloof, staccato vocabulary. Readers will grasp that Arty’s anger stems from his unfortunate height, but his slick-talking, detached thought patterns emphasize an angry, hermetic-like nature that exaggerates his overly cruel vendetta against Kurt. As a result, his likeability level plummets. This, along with the 200 plus pages it takes for readers to realize that Kurt is anything short of a statically drawn teen-aged monster makes it all seem one-dimensional and lackluster. Consequently, the tension level dissipates, and readers are left with a simplistic issue novel that’s too shallow for sophisticated readers and too syrupy for reluctant ones. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-15-205334-4
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2005




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