Dust Jacket Description:
" Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones aren't just from the wrong side of the tracks--they're from the wrong side of everything. Except for Mr. Haberman, thMicheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones aren't just from the wrong side of the tracks--they're from the wrong side of everything. Except for Mr. Haberman, their remedial English teacher, no one at their high school takes them seriously. Haberman calls them "gentlemen," but everyone else ignores them--or, in Bones's case, is dead afraid of them. When one of their close-knit group goes missing, the clues all seem to point in one direction: to Mr. Haberman."
Characters: I got a sense of Micheal's social group immediately. His voice was very powerful and clear, despite the short amount of chapters. I instantly liked the gritty writing style. I found myself very fascinated by Mr. Haberman delightfully confusing character. Great immediate characterization. 4 and a half flowers.
Writing: Visceral and suspenseful. Perfect for the genre. 4 and a half flowers.
Plot: I kept on second guessing myself through out the book. Did Haberman kill Tommy or didn't he? I love how Crime and Punishment was infused in the novel. I began to think hard about murder and guilt. I questioned all of Mr. Haberman's actions several times over. Basically, I was sold a third of the way through. 4 and a half flowers.
End: The ending didn't exactly surprise me, but I was impressed by how I'd been tricked. 4 and a half flowers.
Dust Jacket Description: Simplistic but the cover does most of the work of selling the book. 4 flowers.
Cover: Shocking and perfect. I picked it up in a bookstore a long time ago because of the cover. 5 flowers.
Overall: Well written and gripping. I can't wait to read more of this author. 4 and a half flowers.