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Time Bomb Paperback – 1 April 2020
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- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Children (1 April 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0358108055
- ISBN-13 : 978-0358108054
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.21 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 501,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Joelle Charbonneau began telling stories as an opera singer, but these days she finds her voice through writing. She lives near Chicago with her husband and son, and when she isn't writing, she works as an acting and vocal coach.
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Chabonneau drops hints and pieces of information along the way, helping the reader to narrow down the list of suspects. I appreciated the care Charbonneau took in using stereotypes to establish the character's problems, but then deconstructing those same stereotypes as the students fight for their lives in the chaos. Each character feels no one knows him/her. Each character feels judged. And, true to teenage form, none of them realize the others are feeling this same way.
I appreciate that not everything was wrapped up with a neat little bow at the end. Life still sucks for some of them; living through a disaster didn't change that. But each character has decided to live. Time Bomb is an engaging and fast read with a strong element of mystery. I only didn't rank this five stars because I'd guessed the bomber early on, and found the ending harder to enjoy while picking up the breadcrumbs I already knew to be wrong. In sum, I like to discover the twist ending with the characters, not before them, and that didn't happen here. I would still highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a fast-paced book or theme of breaking down stereotypes.
It has some major twists and and a final outcome that blew me away (bad choice of words). I enjoyed how each character was facing their own trauma and hardship and that you got to spend a little time with each one. It game this story that edge that a lot of stories don’t have.
I was really hoping that Cass was going to end up with a certain football player but that just was not the case. I think that the author did something that most do not. She stayed true to how each character was brought up. And as for Frankie he doesn't look back, because that is just not who he is. So my feelings of them two falling for each other were dashed and that made me sad. But it worked very well for this story. That in the eye of tragedy people want to forget.
Each character in this one was amazing. We learned about what made them tick (another bad choice of words) and were given a little bit about each one before the explosions started. The cast of characters were so vast in this one. There was a girl who thought she needed to be perfect for her Senator Father, a boy that was gay and his mom couldn't come to terms with it, there was another girl that was so sad and was going to end her life (this one hit home hard), another one that was Muslim and was not exactly ashamed of his faith but he felt like he needed to fit in, Another one that had lost his mom to cancer (that one hit home hard as well), and one more that wasn't sure if he was gay or not. I don't think I am forgetting anyone.
Overall this was one book that will make you open your eyes to the people around you. That just because someone is muslim or they wear a head scarf etc. that they are bad people. If your child comes out as bisexual, gay, or whatever, you should accept that as they are and love them no matter what. If you are feeling like the world is crashing down around you seek help. I know that might be hard to get out of. Trust me!! I KNOW!! But there is always someone you can at least talk to, to get what you're feeling off your chest.
Go Into This One Knowing: School Bombing, LGBT, Attempted Suicide, Death of a Parent from Cancer
Basically everyone else has done a bang up job of the synopsis, but I'll give it a small run through. Seven kids, who we meet in various chapters, go to school before it officially begins for different reasons. But then they're thrown into utter chaos as bombs rocket through the school bringing it almost fully down. Told in everyone's point of views, you get a sense of what each student is feeling, their ideas, backgrounds, and fears. But while each of them hold a secret, one of them holds a plot to kill them all.
Time Bomb was a good book, don't get me wrong. But I've seen what Charbonneau can do with other novels, and while still good, the whole uncovered plot at the end was a major let down. Let's just say they had issues, and it was stupid. I did like all the characters, but felt a lot was lacking as we didn't stay with one too long before it jumped to someone else. I understood the concept so you didn't know which one was the bomber, but at the same time it was hard to keep up with backstories. The plot was okay, and is basically everyone trying to escape the school, but the escape scenarios weren't all that thrilling for me. It was still engaging, but the focus was truly on morals and how we "view" people versus having an actual adventure through the school and trying to figure out who did it. The kids lay blame left and right, and it's so easy to perceive that the author was trying to incorporate a lesson on judging others whether they be a different religion, from the wrong side of the tracks, gay, or have serious mental health issues. I get it. I truly do. But I wanted adventure. You're gay? Good for you. You're Muslim, and want to pray in school? Go for it! I guess with not having any hang ups on the morality issues, it was an area that I just didn't have interest in so their dialogue was at times boring to me, and I ended up skipping some of it. I do like the fact that some of them either got over it, or was finally at peace with their selves, but there were a few characters that simply vanished off without feeling like their story was fulfilled. I would have definitely loved to have more adventure, and a heck of a lot more mystery or death defying saves or feats. It was a light read for me, still interesting, and I can see where other's would like it, but it just didn't have any twist, turns, or climatic moments for me.