Published: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Random House
Genres: Coming-of-Age, Contemporary
Format: eARC Source: Publisher via Netgalley
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth started out promising. I was so invested in following this story, but then it just strayed waaayy out of my comfort zone. To see this one through, I had to drink two more cups of coffee (it was after 5p.m., mind you & it wasn’t decaf) and a chocolate/chocolate chip muffin because I deserved it. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad book. I just think I’m the wrong audience for it. I couldn’t relate to any character in this book, much less empathize with them and their problems.
This story starts off heartbreaking. I was so emotional by the end of the prologue. How does a reader move on from such a beginning? Well, the author makes up this story by giving a blow-by-blow with each character. It’s disgusting and very disturbing, the things that go down in this book. There are changes in certain characters – for good or bad, I can’t decide which. You just have to see it through once you start. Otherwise, you may go crazy without knowing what happens. I can’t review this without spoiling anything. I just really feel like there is too much going on. Well, no, it’s the way the author delivers this story that makes it almost unbearable to read. I think focusing on 2 specific characters would have been enough and it could have turned out to be a really great story. Molly is the only character that you really get to know truly.
What to look forward to…
–privileged kids who are just downright mean
–HOT FOR TEACHER
–oblivious or demanding parents (take your pick)
–a teacher who loves literature, but her students may be the death of her
–a school administration that makes me glad I didn’t go to school there
I’ve read my fair share of YA books with spoiled kids, but this is just one that I think is not for me. I am being overly generous with 2.5 stars (it got 3 out of me on Goodreads. They need half ratings!). I can’t tell anyone what to buy, borrow, trade… just read at your own risk. This may be an important story to read for some teen, somewhere. Or adults alike. I’m just glad that I didn’t have to DNF it, because it really makes me grateful for the way I grew up. Appropriate title for this story, also.