Review: Period 8
Genre: Young Adult- Thriller/Mystery
Author: Chris Crutcher
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Book: ARC sent by publisher
“In this full-length novel from Chris Crutcher, his first since the best-selling Deadline, the ultimate bully and the ultimate good guy tangle during Period 8.
Paul “the Bomb” Baum tells the truth. No matter what. It was something he learned at Sunday School. But telling the truth can cause problems, and not minor ones. And as Paulie discovers, finding the truth can be even more problematic. Period 8 is supposed to be that one period in high school where the truth can shine, a safe haven. Only what Paulie and Hannah (his ex-girlfriend, unfortunately) and his other classmates don’t know is that the ultimate bully, the ultimate liar, is in their midst.
Terrifying, thought-provoking, and original, this novel combines all the qualities of a great thriller with the controversy, ethics, and raw emotion of a classic Crutcher story.”
The love interest. Well, what can I say about that? Let’s just say that the start of the book gave the tone for it. Crazy, out of this world, where teens makes hasty decisions, leaving them regretful. I like that in all of this mess, the kids came together to solve the big mystery. They start to learn to stop thinking about themselves and start thinking about others. Even the teacher, who gave wonderful advice, never steered his students wrong.
In the end, this book is EPIC! Once I got to the last chapter and watch the final piece come together I was utterly speechless. How can a book develop such a fantastic plot before my eyes and I not know it? A moving and affecting plot, Period 8 stands out before all. Orchestrated in a wicked, unfiltered way leaving the reader tangled in mystery and action, Period 8 is stunning!
I give it 5 BITES!