Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer JPear
In Seventeen, author Shan Serafin introduces readers to
Sophia. She's a seventeen-year-old taking college classes
for the summer in New York City with her two best friends
(extroverted, smart, blonde bombshell Shauna and Shauna's
brother, introverted, brilliant, and unique JP) and a bunch
of strangers. That doesn't sound so bad, but Sophia's life
isn't going the way she wants. She isn't as smart as either
of her friends, as beautiful as Shauna, or any of it. She's
not sure life's worth living, so she sets an ultimatum:
show me a reason to live or I'll kill myself in seven days.
Seventeen is a brilliantly written story, and one
that is not often told. Most of the characters, but
especially Sophia and JP, are very real. I had a hard time
seeing Shauna as three-dimensional, though. The writing is
breathtaking, and it's a story that will really draw the
reader into it; it's a page-turner! The ending is
surprising, and sad but certainly not what you'd expect.
This is a very unique book that shouldn't be missed!
Content:This book is probably best suited for more
Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9
Reviewer Age: 15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Asheville, NC USA
About the Author:
Shan Serafin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised
in northern and southern California.
During an extremely varied career, he has worked as a
story developer and a dialogue sweetener for both film and
television, including work for ABC-TV, Disney, BBC,
Imagination Arts, HBO, and Sawai, Inc.
He has written six episodes of a television documentary
on adolescent issues.
He has written and directed several plays,
including "The Essential Bond," which dramatizes the life
of famed chemist Linus Pauling, the only person to win two
unshared Nobel Prizes - one for chemistry, the other for
Prior to his career in writing, he taught high school
English, history, and math for several years in Los
Angeles. Prior to that, he served as a college admissions
counselor at UCLA, his alma mater, where he obtained an
undergraduate degree in English and math.
He was a national leader for the teenage division of
Soka Gakkai International-USA as well as editor of its
national youth gazette, Seize the Day, and frequent
contributor to its newspaper, World Tribune.
Seventeen is his first novel, which he wrote, in part,
because of a dearth of similar stories for the high school
audience. He is currently working on his second,
tentatively titled Conquest.
He lives in Los Angeles, CA.