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THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS by Ron Koertge

Posted in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all)

CLASS OF 2001

Fifteen characters.

Cinematic. Twisting plot.

Intersecting lives.

 

Nitty Gritty:

YA (ages 14 and up)

Verse novel

Alternating POV – all first person

Fifteen narrators

Setting: Branston High School Class of 2001

Snapshot / stop-action film — ¬†showing lives, thoughts, hopes, dreams and fears of a group of high school kids teetering between childhood and adult life

Distinct voices captured realistically and powerfully

Plot sweeps forward with unerring pace in spiral of escalating events

Intensifying emotion

Specific story lines

Well defined heroic arc/character development for each of all main characters

Unique yet united viewpoints and stories

Intersecting and intertwining POVs

Group story surrounds and encompasses personal stories