I think Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me is one of the best titles I’ve come across. It’s catchy like He’s Just Not That Into You. That said, Kristen Chandler’s debut novel surprised me. I thought it would be about werewolves. It’s not. But it is about a girl and how she not only tries to change her close-minded town, but also herself.
Review: Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen ChandlerMay 14, 2010
There are things I like about the book and there are things that I don’t. I really like KJ’s voice, which is all thanks to Chandler. KJ says and thinks very funny and interesting things and Chandler enables readers to really envision and understand what kind of a person KJ is. The way Chandler handles KJ’s relationship with Virgil is great as well and their relationship is natural and believable. This is due to the fact that it’s not love-at-first-sight-turned-obsession. I also love the character of Eloise, Virgil’s mom.
What I don’t like about it is that some parts of the story are unclear. Keep in mind that I read an advanced copy of it, so the uncorrected-ness of the book could be the culprit of my confusion. Some of the things KJ narrates/thinks contradict each other, especially in terms of her relationship with her dad. I’m not sure whether she likes her dad or hates him. Also, the town’s hatred for the wolves comes across as over the top and unbelievable, but only at times. Otherwise it’s fine and understandable.
Despite the confusion, I enjoyed reading Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me. The plot is intriguing and kept me up reading until I finished it. KJ’s transformation over the course of the book is rewarding and I found myself cheering her on. Kristen Chandler also provides insight into the world of wolves and I enjoyed learning things as I read. All in all, the book is definitely worth reading and should not be missed.
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(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)