Friday, July 11, 2014

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

It's official: The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs is the weirdest book I've ever read.

It's not every slim young adult novel that tackles eugenics, taxidermy, incest, and the idea of nature vs. nurture. Then again, author Jack Gantos isn't an ordinary author. His wonderful writing is what kept me reading the book, while the rest of me was pretty repulsed by the content.

I don't know who the audience is for this book--my only idea would be Gantos completists who want the full range, from Rotten Ralph to Hole in My Life. It's too twisted for most young adults I know, with a foreboding mood that kept me waiting for the next awful surprise.

Instead of recommending this, I'll keep referring people to The Bloody Souvenir, the funniest and grossest Gantos story that my students request to hear again and again.

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