Monday, August 26, 2013

Saving the Planet and Stuff by Gail Guathier Review

Saving The Planet & Stuff
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Author
Stand Alone
*This was gifted to me by author for review*
Michael Racine lives in a world of highly successful and accomplished teenagers. Unfortunately, he isn't one of them. He knows it, and he's afraid everyone else does too. So when he gets the chance to intern at a magazine run by friends of his grandparents, he jumps at it.
The Earth's Wife, founded in the 1960s, is a famous environmental magazine, and Walt and Nora live what they preach. Tofu, solar energy, composting toilets. . . . By the end of the car ride with Walt and Nora to Vermont, Michael is having serious second thoughts. Too bad it's too late.
Gauthier explores what can happen when a typical, self-absorbed teenage boy is influenced by radical, environmentally-concerned senior citizens in her fifth novel. The possibilities for humor are endless.

I had no idea what to expect from this. The concept was very surprising. The characters didn't impress me but I enjoyed the storyline. 

This tells the story of Michael. His life is somewhat at a standstill. He decides to try something new and goes to work at a magazine. 

This had good characters but I wasn't wowed. Michael was a good main character. He had an interesting way of thinking. He was kinda nerdy but in a cute way. He was very smart. He did have some pervert moments when it came to Nora that I really didn't like. Nora and Walt made  great secondary characters. I loved the family aspect they brought. 

What I liked most about this story was I got to learn a lot. Not only about the environment but also about running a newspaper. It was pretty cool. The story was a little slow at times. It was also difficult to keep up with. What the characters lacked the story made up for. Overall this was quite an interesting read. If you enjoy learning new things and the environment, this one is for you! 


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