YRCA 2013 Review: Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham. Junior Division. I’m going to keep this one short. I thought this book was meh. I didn’t particularly dislike it but I didn’t really like it either.  I listened to this as an audiobook quite a while ago. I picked it up on a whim to listen to while on check-in and I think it’s a testament to the voice actor that I listened to the whole thing. I was talking to a coworker about it the other day and she put it best: it’s not believable. Now, I’m the first one to say that I have no problem suspending disbelief and, in fact, I prefer fantasy stories. Even the “oh come on, really?” moments in contemporary romances and mysteries don’t really bother me because the plot is interesting and fast-paced enough. But this book had too many moments of lecture about what really happens in the legal system to let all the small unbelievable things pass. And the plot was too simplistic.

Anyway, I won’t go into it further because it would sound like it hated the book and I didn’t. Like I said, meh.

Will this book will the Junior Division? I hope not; there are better books in the division. It does have the recognition power of the author’s name for adults though.

What I’m reading now: Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta, The Faceless Ones (audiobook) by Derek Landy.


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