Saturday, March 29, 2014

Student Saturday: Duckling Ugly - Neal Shusterman

Student Reviewer: Grant

The book Duckling Ugly was a really good book because it had good detail, and taught a good lesson. The lesson learned was to think before you do. The book would really paint a picture in your mind about the setting. It was very descriptive. I might warn you there is a little sadness in the beginning and also at the end,

The time frame of the book is pretty modern, I think that the year is 2011. The story takes place in a small town named Flockcrest. There are mountains on the northwest side of the town. Somewhere in the town there is a cemetery where Clara visits almost every day. There are a lot of characters in this book. the main character is Clara. Clara is an ugly girl who can literally crack a mirror just by looking at it. She also sleeps standing up in the northwest corner of her room at night. Grenado is a kid who once sat in the mercy seat (the chair across the table from Clara). Tud Tuddie is an ugly boy like Clara. He got made fun of a lot and went missing a few years back. Clara's mom and dad always supported Clara and always loved her. Her brother was always a smart aleck towards Clara. Her mom and dad were not happy about that. One more character in the story is Marshal. She bullies Clara every day.

The plot of the story begins at school when Grenado sits in the mercy seat and Clara ignores him the whole lunch, The next week Grendado comes back to sit in the  mercy seat. He was the first student to sit in the mercy seat more than once. That day Clara sneaks out to go to the cemetery. She was relaxing when she saw Marshal doing graffiti in the cemetery. Clara hid but when Marshal saw Clara he started to beat her up. An old lady came over and stabbed Marshal in the toe and Marshal ran away. That night Clara gets a letter hand delivered to her house that said "find the answers". A kid named Marshal Aster asked Clara to the homecoming dance and Clara said yes. At the dance Clara forces a kiss on her date and he throws up in the punch bowl. After that Clara is so humiliated she drives North West towards the mountains and wanders on a path and passes out near the mountains.

Just like Clara's school, our school and most schools have a hand full of bullies. Also, I think most people have made decisions that were not so smart and hopefully they have learned fro that. I think a lot of people can relate to this.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good descriptive book and a little bit of drama with emotions. It can be a little confusing so you want to focus while reading the book to get the most out of it. Overall an 8 out of 10 stars for this book.

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