SLATE BLUES by Sheri Cooper Sinykin

SLATE BLUES

Age Range: 10 & up
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The premise couldn't be more enticing: Reina discovers that a mega-popular heavy-metal rock singer is her own aunt. After ``Slate'' collapses during a concert, the eighth-grader opens her bedroom and heart to the musical icon now revealed as her mother's sister Amanda. Reina actually prefers the Beach Boys to Metallica, but she accepts Amanda/Slate despite her mother's warnings; and the tension builds as she moves further from family and true friends and closer to Slate and her band. Meanwhile, the story's emotional line frequently trips over itself: Is the book about familial relationships, or Reina's longing to hang with the in-crowd? Is it about friendship or fraud? Many questions are raised; too few are answered. The effort is made more dissonant by inconsistencies (why wouldn't Reina remember her aunt if communication broke off only six years ago?) and by a disturbing dismissal of ``attention deficit disorder'' as simply a bid for most-favored status in the family. An enticing premise, but the end result hits a sour note. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-11212-9
Page count: 176pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1993




MORE BY SHERI COOPER SINYKIN

ChildrenNEXT THING TO STRANGERS by Sheri Cooper Sinykin
by Sheri Cooper Sinykin
ChildrenTHE BUDDY TRAP by Sheri Cooper Sinykin
by Sheri Cooper Sinykin