August 11, 2010
Go Big or Go Home - by Will Hobbs
This is my first Will Hobbs book, though I own a few and have tried to get students to read them over the years. It is so hard to convince a student to read a book you haven't read yourself! I was impressed by the amount of action in the book, and there was a lot of good dialogue that sounded the way teens would really talk. You get a feeling for what the characters are thinking, but don't really get to know any of them that well. It was good writing, but is not destined to become a classic. I'll have to read more of this guy's books, but I can tell he's no Gary Paulsen. More of a Dan Gutman, if you know what I mean. That's not a bad thing, but it's not the highest compliment either.