Sunday, December 23, 2018
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin
I expected a silly book from M.T. Anderson and I was not let down. Werfel is wonderfully hospitable and his feelings are so easily bruised by his rude guest who doesn't start to realize what all they have in common until things start to go wrong. It's not until Spurge is in danger himself that he began to interest me as that was the point where he finally developed some sort of personality. And the revelation about the gemstone was also a turning point in my interest in the story. While I ended up liking the book and chuckling at the humor, I feel like it is another one of many books that appeals to adults but will have a very limited audience with teens. The cover does it no favors and the humor is sly. Since it is nominated for a reading program in my county I will have the chance to see if my assumptions about how teens respond to it are accurate.