DNF: When Mystical Creatures Attack!

Loved the idea of this story of high school kids and their teacher, but couldn't finish it in reality. #spon | A book review from Newbery and Beyond

Note: I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.

I loved the idea of this book!  I mean, look at this summary from NetGalley:

In When Mystical Creatures Attack!, Ms. Freedman’s high school English class writes essays in which mystical creatures resolve the greatest sociopolitical problems of our time. Students include Janice Gibbs, “a feral child with excessive eyeliner and an anti-authoritarian complex that would be interesting were it not so ill-informed,” and Cody Splunk, an aspiring writer working on a time machine. Following a nervous breakdown, Ms. Freedman corresponds with Janice and Cody from an insane asylum run on the capitalist model of cognitive-behavioral therapy, where inmates practice water aerobics to rebuild their Psychiatric Credit Scores.

The lives of Janice, Cody, and Ms. Freedman are revealed through in-class essays, letters, therapeutic journal exercises, an advice column, a reality show television transcript, a diary, and a Methodist women’s fundraising cookbook.

Doesn’t that sound hilarious and awesome?  Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it.  It’s about kids at a high school, trying their best to get through their high school years (and their teacher, who is trying to make it through her time at the asylum after a breakdown).  It was fairly interesting, but I was just not interested in reading some of the things the kids got into.  Sigh.  It reminds me of my last DNF books, which I loved the idea of but just couldn’t make it through in reality.

Have you read this book?  What were your thoughts?  What books have you abandoned recently?

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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