Sunday, August 06, 2006

Review: Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love by Maryrose Wood

Despite the questionable title, this book is a cute, innocent, and entertaining read. Sandra Nicholson, however, didn't read the book in question or even a review before tyring to ban it! Off the subject--any thoughts about book banning from anyone? Personally, I think anyone who thinks books should be banned should just not read the book (or let their children read it) and let anyone who wants to have the choice of reading it. Just because you don't want to read it doesn't mean the rest of us don't. Ignorant people like Sandra Nicholson just have way too much time on their hands. She needs to get a hobby. How about stamp-collecting? Knitting? That one's becoming quite popular...

Anyway, fourteen-year-old Felicia and her two best friends in Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love have nicknamed themselves the Sex Kittens after a deck of tarot cards in Felica's mother's funky New Age-y bookstore, the Unbound Page. This particular deck didn't have the usual pictures of jugglers and middle ages-type people, but instead had kittens! And the Sex Kittens, students of the Manhattan Free Children's School (which they refer to as the Pound), were born. They nicknamed the boys Horn Dawgs, to go along with the Pound theme as well. That's where the name comes from; totally innocent. The three Sex Kittens aren't sluts and they don't dress or act like them. They are unique, interesting characters with interests such as poetry (the narrator, Felicia) and playing the violin.

Felicia is a creative, interesting character, and when she's tired of waiting for Matthew (a science nerd and Horn Dawg working on a project to make rabbits more intelligent) to notice her, she has an interesting idea for a science project they can work on together. They're going to search for X. The thing that makes people fall in love. Felicia wants to use this project to make Matthew fall in love with her, of course! It's a rather complicated world out there, though, and nothing ever works out the way you expect (or want) it to. There is, for instance, some speculation that Matthew's friend Randall is in love with Felicia! Things are a little complicated at the Manhattan Free Children's School, and it's up to Felicia to figure them out (and win the science fair!).

Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love is a funny, entertaining unique book taking place in a city full of possibilities, New York. Without the settings of New York and the Manhattan Free Children's School, the story couldn't happen! The idea is solid, and the characters well-thought out. Felicia's struggles with love are something anyone (of any age, but especially teenagers) can relate to! Maryrose Wood's writing style is funny, easy to follow, and pulls the reader right in. This is a good read to keep you occupied on these hot summer days (and there have been a lot of them lately). Pick up a copy; you won't be sorry!

Rating: 8/10

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