Both Memory and Fyrefly have been doing sort of “retro review” posts and I find that HIGHLY inspiring. As in, I wanna do it, too! My older reviews occasionally get a bit of love (mostly from Google searches) and it might be interesting to drag forth my early reviewing efforts into the spotlight. Especially now that I’ve been blogging for four years! I’m planning on doing one of these every week or so.
Today’s Archive Spotlight book is the YA mystery Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls by Bennett Madison, originally reviewed March 26, 2010. It’s about an “anti-Nancy” teenager who gets her handbag stolen and winds up deep into a “twisted mystery.”
When I originally read Lulu Dark, I was struck most by how different Lulu was to other YA characters at the time:
I actually kind of liked the fact that Lulu was a bitch. I was really tired of nice-and-nerdy chicks starring in my lighter fiction reads, and reading about someone who can not only stand up for herself but scares other people with her fierceness and verbal vitriol was great! Not that I have anything against nice-and-nerdy girls (hi, I am one!), but I like having variety in my books.
This is one of those books where a reread could go either way: I could either enjoy it just as much as I did the first time I read it, or I could end up utterly loathing it. I suppose it’d depend on my mindset whenever I DID reread it. A lighthearted, funny-ish book with a sassy teenage sleuth sounds like a fun read right now, and so I suppose I’d like it. Too bad I got rid of my copy for my move to California!
Oh look, it’s only $4 on Amazon. Hmmmmmm.
Check out past Archive Spotlight books!