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April 26th, 2012

King, A. S.: Everybody Sees the Ants

Everybody Sees the Ants (2011)
Author: A. S. King
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 279 (hardcover)
Series: Stand Alone

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Why I Read It: Last summer I read and really enjoyed Please Ignore Vera Dietz, King's sophomore novel. Back in December, my bookstore gave employees and extra discount on top of our regular employee discount and I went a little crazy and splurged on a ton of books. This was one of them.

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Final Verdict: King has once again brought a tale that utilizes magic realism in a whimsical and quirky way but still fits with a story that deals with very realistic and heavy issues. Lucky is an incredibly likable protagonist and my heart ached for him as I watched him try to deal with his bully and grow into his own. The issue of bullying is dealt with really well, and King really exposed the layers and complications that come with it. The secondary characters are given an equal amount of layers and no one is who they initially appear to be; they're overall very fleshed and well realized individuals, and while not always likable, they all felt REAL. I can't wait for King's next novel, and she's now become a "must buy" author for me.

Cover Commentary: I looove this cover. It's kind of weird, but I love the illustration (I usually prefer illustrations on covers than photographs) and it's got this neat shiny matte finish on it that looks like a spiral. The paperback edition is okay, but it's not nearly as eye-catching I find.

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