Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Cap is a different kind of guy than most of the rest of the kids in his new school. But eventually, through his hard work, patience and unbeatable, kind character, he earns the trust and love of his fellow classmates. This was a great book I really enjoyed. It says a lot about character, and, adding on to that, I loved all of the characters in this book. It was a really mellow, quick read. Great book with an unlikely hero, a great story line, a creative prose and a funny narrative.
Sometimes, when authors cram narrators into every chapter, it’s distracting. And annoying. And it most definitely does NOT work.
Chapter 1-Random Person Who Will Just Die Later #1
Chapter 2-Person Who Will Survive and Actually Matter #1
Chapter 3-Random Person Who Will Just Die Later #2
Chapter 4-Annoying Character Who Is Just Thrown in the Book and Really Doesn’t Matter at All but Will Survive Anyway #1
Chapter 4-Your Favorite Character That Has The Shortest Narrative And Will Not Narrate Again Until At Least Twenty More People Die #1
Chapter 5-Your Least Favorite Character #1
Chapter 6-Your Second Favorite Character #3
Narrative: I was so, so, so happy. I ran into my best friend’s arms, crying and laughing and just so glad we were both alive.
You: Wait, who is this again?
And so it goes on and on. But guess what? Gordon Korman made it work for me, and I was really happy about that. There’s a lot of different perspective here, which is cool. It was kind of weird with the adults narrating among the kids, but I got over it and found that it provides a lot of much-appreciated insight. This book is brave and dramatic and one of my favorite middle-school level contemporary books to date.
pg count for the hardcover: 224