The Shadow Club (Shadow Club #1)
by Neal Shusterman
What is it about:
The Shadow Club starts simply enough: the kids who are tired of being second-best get together and, for the first time, talk about how they feel. But soon the members decide to play practical jokes on the first-place winners they envy, and things begin to spin dangerously out of control.
What did I think of it:
Although this is a nice read, it was not what I had hoped.
I will confess I'm probably too hard on this book. The other book I read by Shusterman was Downsiders, which was not only a wonderful story, but so well written it was like reading poetry.
The Shadow Club pales in comparison.
Still it is enjoyable enough. It's a bit predictable, and all of the characters are pretty much unlikable, but it does tell a decent story. It's praised by some as being thought provoking, but I can tell you that I didn't find anything new in this story.
Overall this is a fast read that I would recommend to younger teens.
Why should you read it:
It's a nice read.