Publisher: Scholastic, 2011
Hardcover, 232 pages
Received as Gift
Challenge: One, Two Theme! Challenge
It's the storm of the century and Scotty, Pete & Jason make the wrong decision to stay in school even though there was an early dismissal. They end up being 3 of the 7 students and one teacher that are left behind as the snow piles outside. Soon it becomes apparent that they're going to spend the night in their dark high school, which, is like my worst nightmare.
Geez. I was so excited about this book and really wanted to give it a tremendous review. Unfortunately, it just didn't deliver. It was the first time I've read a YA from a male's point of view so there was the obligatory ogling over a girl and some gross talk about human waste and things like that. I didn't really enjoy those visuals. The narration from Scotty was very wait'll-ya-see-what-happens-next! And that thing never really happened.
There's no secret that there will be death in the book because on the first few pages, Scotty lets you know. So the entire time you're reading, you wonder who will die and how. As the pages lessen and lessen and the story moves forward at a snail's pace, you wonder if he was just kidding. You wonder if some huge tragedy will ever happen and then you don't care. Even the blurb about the book is misleading! I thought the devastating decision might be that they'd eat each other or something! I dunno! That's what normally happens in the books about being trapped in snow!
I do not recommend this book. It's more a 2 out of 4 stars. But if you must read it, I recommend it for Middle Grader Readers who like contemporary fiction.