Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

Grade: A+

Synopsis:

Calliope (or Cal as she calls herself ) wants nothing more than to stay put, to stop traveling cross-country with her mother, sleeping in a tent, abandoning all belongings whenever they pull up stakes. Eliot misses the happy times he left behind when his father decided to open a camp for kids looking to lose weight and find Jesus.When Cal and Eliot meet by chance, they feel an immediate connection.Together they must face their isolation, the threat of yet another move, and the deepening of Eliot’s father’s obsession with money and God.

Rating:
Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 9/1o
Voice: 9/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 9/10
Total Score: 65/70

Obtained: Borrowed from mi amiga.

Age Aproppriate? PG-13
Cussing: Frequent.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Many references to teen and adult drug use, smoking, and drinking.
Sexual Content: Several mild references.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Depression, child abuse, familial dysfunction.

Review:
I haven't read a book this adorable in a long time. Barkley and Hepler's joint writing is so charming and witty. Their characters were at once fascinatingly odd and darkly realistic. The story was a rollercoaster ride of colorful characters, lively events, and profound philosophies. Cal and Eliot were lovably abnormal with an incredibly interesting story. I loved it!

There was never a dull moment here. In the alternating points of view between Cal and Eliot, just enough information is revealed to keep the story moving along at a good pace. Barkley and Hepler make a good team with startingly similar writing styles that also conform to the different character's voices nicely while complimenting the other. The book was not choppy, but smooth and easy to read.

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight is a fantastic book for a lazy summer day or a hectic school week when you just need to escape briefly into someone else's bizarre adventures. It may not seem like your type of book from the cover or the title (believe me, I was skeptical) but I guarantee--once you pick it up, there's no going back. It is a gift. :)

LINKS:
Brad & Heather's MySpace
Jars of Glass by BB and HH
Dream Factory by BB and HH
Heather Hepler
Brad Barkley

3 comments:

  1. Sounds so cute. What a funny cover. It makes me think of that high school project I had many many years ago where I had an egg baby I had to take care of.

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  2. I've actually never heard of this book before, but you convinced me to do some research :D

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  3. i've read dream factory and it was just so funny and the thing was i couldn't put it down either! i actuallt got in trouble reading 5t during class so i'm excited to read this book!

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