- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 715 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publisher: Spiderweb Press (7 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007W6282S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #794,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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And is good for advanced younger readers looking for story ideas of there own.
For readers aged 11-14, I would recommend...
A French Girl In New York
Me Myself Milly
apart from that amazing book. I highly recommend it
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However, I don't think that the book description was completely accurate. From reading the description, I expected a far darker and sinister place than it actually was. I'm not sure how that might be improved, but it does need improvement. While Macy did perceive the place as being more sinister, it wasn't sinister at all. It's a benevolent world, a fact that was made very clear by multiple people. And while she does have a "secret" boyfriend, I don't remember her believing that he would completely protect her. Maybe I missed something, though, because I mostly skimmed in the "romantic" portions. It wasn't that it was too romantic; I just found it a bit ridiculous.
For the most part, I liked this book. It had an intriguing concept, once I figured out what that concept was, and the main character was rather likable. It was written in first person from Macy's point of view, which allowed for some pretty interesting observations.
Sixteen year old Macy isn't perfect, but that's the whole point. Chanticleer is a school - but it doesn't teach the three R's or even science or history. No, it teaches its students how conquer their fears.
At the beginning of the book, Macy is afraid of lots of things. She's frightened of ice cream trucks, because they may be kidnappers. She's terrified of bridges, because she may fling herself over the side. Most of all, she's petrified of the stuffed giraffe head in her living room because it almost fell on her once.
After getting stabbed by a thorn and getting a bug that's been going around school, Macy gets very sick and has to go to the hospital where she is given a sedative. She suddenly finds herself in a luxurious bed, and meets two girls, Zooey and Violet, who take her to Chanticleer, a school that teaches people not to be afraid.
I found their ways of teaching people not to be afraid quite interesting, and I wish that the author would have described more of Macy's coursework. For instance, if you were afraid of mud, like Zooey was, you would have to play soccer in a muddy field. Macy's fear of strangers was overcome by making her go around the village and talk to people.
The titular "Shells" of Chanticleer are a form of punishment for students. I won't give away what they are, though, because it would ruin some of the suspense of the book. A student isn't allowed to know about these shells until they had been there for a while. Macy, however, hears of them, and can't leave well enough alone. She talks Bing, the staff member who helps her with her coursework, into showing her what they are. Of course, with her propensity for fear, she reacts badly to the Shells and finds herself unable to sleep anywhere that there aren't other people around.
Of course, there's some romance in the book - the love at first sight/I have the oddest feeling we've met before sort. I found it a tad bit ridiculous, but I find most romance ridiculous. We don't meet her love interest until a quarter of the way through the book, and I actually found it annoying at first. I had been warned, but the way he appeared was simply out of the blue. It is later explained why he appeared "out of the blue" and after it was explained, I wasn't as annoyed anymore. I simply found it ridiculous.
There were some echoes of reincarnation, due to the fact that Macy has "an old soul." There is also some Catholicism right before they sedate Macy.
There were some editing issues, but not many. The most glaring I found was when a girl named Poppy was mistyped Polly. It is quite clear who it was talking about, which is why it was so glaring of a mistake.
All in all, I liked this book. The characters, especially Macy, were well developed, and the plot twisted here and there and frequently surprised me. The ending was nice and solid - and it actually went, for the most part, the direction I wanted it to go - I had been afraid that it might go a different ending.
What seems to be a minor accident, sends Macy to the hospital with a potentially deadly infection that causes the doctor to put her in a medically induced coma. She wakes up in Chanticleer.
The world that Maura Patrick creates is beautiful, full of clear, detailed descriptions, leaving me feeling like I was stepping into Chanticleer right along with Macy. It was refreshing to learned about a world so different than other books that I've read, where the main character has a special power, or the chosen one in these fantasies. No, Macy isn't special, she is just like the other kids that visit Chanticleer. They are there to face their fears or become a shell of failure. I thought it was brilliant.
I enjoyed the character development, showing us Macy's response to the Prime Minister (scared out of her wits to confront him), to her fear of self destruction. One by one, you see her master her fears and become this confident, strong woman, while in the meantime, falling fellow resident, the attractive Sebastian.
I loved the progression of their story and interaction with one another. Right along with Macy, I felt the butterflies and secretly hoped their relationship would bloom. Sebastian is a mystery at first, with bit and pieces about himself and his past are gradually revealed. A few of his actions surprised me, but I found how he went after the things he wanted refreshing (unlike most teen books). The only downside I felt was the image or daydream when they first meet and few mentions of Macy being an old soul. I won't give away any spoilers but I though a few more images or mentions would have helped make this a stronger plot point, as I forgot a few of these things before the meaning is revealed.
Overall, this was an excellent read and I felt very connected to Macy during her journey in Chanticleer. I will definitely with recommend to friends.
While out jogging Macy trips in a pothole and lands in some debris: sticks, leaves, etc and ends up getting a splinter in her leg. She tries to pull it out but it breaks off so no big deal she'll just get it with some tweezers when she gets home. Once home she gets really sick, apparently a nasty flu bug was spread at their last school dance and everyone she knows has caught it. So she ends up sick and forgetting all about that little splinter in her leg. As her temperature skyrockets and she later accidently bangs her leg causing immense pain she notices a lot of red lines running up her leg from the wound and her family rushes home to take her to the Hospital where she ends up on death's door in the ICU from a really nasty infection (see the ironic part now? I just got out of the hospital for a nasty bacterial infection in my hand - red lines included although it was nowhere near as bad as Macy's but still). After Macy becomes a bit of a nuisance at the ICU due to severe delirium the doctors decide to sedate her and put her into a forced coma so her body can conserve it's strength to help fight off the infection and what follows is her strange and amazing journey.
Macy wakes up in Chanticleer where she learns that she and other young people like her are there for a reason which is to work on their fears which are stifling them and preventing from living a full life. At first she is a bit put off by everything and doesn't want to cooperate but once she learns a horrible secret: the secret of the shells of Chanticleer she puts her best effort into the program and tries her best to conquer her fears but the more she learns about Chanticleer and especially the shells the more afraid she becomes until she meets a young man named Sebastian. Sebastian is fearless and when she is with him she forgets all about her fears and truly for the first time since coming to Chanticleer she starts to make real progress but as the two of them become closer she comes to realize that one day she'll have to leave Chanticleer behind, forgetting everything she learned there but most importantly she'd have to leave Sebastian behind and she isn't ready for that.
I have to say this was such an odd but wonderful story. I kinda wish there was a Chanticleer although I'd hate to have to go because of the way that you get there but it'd be nice to have a helpful staff to help you work through all of your fears so that you can go back home and live life the way you were meant to live it. Macy's journey from being afraid of strangers and other people to being a strong young lady was really amazing to behold. All of the characters had their own distinct personalities and I enjoyed reading about so many people's fears. One girl is afraid of standing up straight. She's too tall she insists, another boy is afraid of many things, especially heights. Other girls are afraid of getting dirty and the list just goes on and on. The way the staff deals with everyone's fears is pretty creative and a huge source of entertainment. The book does a very good job of showing you how your own fears can stifle you as a person and that it's okay to be afraid but you have to learn to not let that fear rule you and control your life. All in all it was a fascinating journey that Macy took all while she was in a coma, hooked up to monitors in an ICU somewhere. I think I saw that the author is writing a sequel and I have absolutely no idea how she's going to do it after reading this one but I definitely cannot wait to find out. This book was full of fun surprises and if you're looking for something a bit different then this is the story for you. It's very much deserving of 5 stars, it's just a shame I can't give it more.