Pre-Pub Teen Book Review – The Book of Bad Things by Dan Poblocki

The Book of Bad Things by Dan Poblocki

This book was about a girl named Cassidy Bean who goes to spend the summer in the town of Whitechapel. After the way Cassidy’s previous visit to Whitechapel turned out, she is unsure the family she will be staying with will want to see her again. However, once she arrives, she quickly realizes that there are bigger problems. The town’s hoarder is dead, and along with her death comes danger. Danger to the town, the people, and even Cassidy, so with the help of some unexpected but loyal allies, Cassidy decides to take matters into her own hands and save the town once and for all.

I enjoyed this book! Although it is probably meant for early middle school kids, I thought that it would be a great read for late at night under the covers for anyone. It was spooky, and the author did a wonderful job of conveying the town through his use of figurative language. All in all, this book was a really great read. It combined reality with fantasy in a delicious sort of way that left me not wanting to put it down. Another great thing was how throughout the book, there are entries that Cassidy has written in her Book of Bad Things, where she records scary things that she comes across in her life. I thought that this allowed me, the reader, to get to know the main character better.

A memorable thing about this book was how relatable Cassidy was. Even though this book is a work of fiction, it is so in touch with the worries and concerns that most kids these days have. In fact, I found myself smiling as I read the thoughts inside of Cassidy’s mind because at the end of the day, everyone has fear inside of them. The thing that matters, however, is how we choose to deal with it and the way Cassidy dealt with her fears was perhaps the most memorable thing of all.

Review by Rachel, Grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library

The Book of Bad Things comes out August 26, 2014! This review is based on an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) that publishers make available to libraries and professional reviewers before a book hits the stores. Our local Teen Galley groups read and review ARCs to discover the next big thing in teen fiction. Check the library catalog for more great books!

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