Seventeen

Seventeen by Shan Serafin
Shan Serafin
Bancroft Press
Release Date:
Oct-06-2005

Rating (0 - 10 scale)
9

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young adult

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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 mature readers.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Reviewer Age: 15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Asheville, NC USA

About the Author:

SHAN SERAFIN

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 peace.

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.



Seventeen

Seventeen by Per Nilsson
Per Nilsson
Front Street
Release Date:
Sep-01-2007

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10

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9-12

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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  JMBe
Seventeen by Per Nilsson is about Jonatan, a seventeen year old boy who is lying in the hospital. When his absentee father, Goran, comes to his bedside Goran decides that, although his son may not be able to hear him, it is the perfect time to tell Jonatan about his life and why he hasn't been there for the past eleven years. During the story Jon also hears his mother Karin's side of the story and his girlfriend's point of view. The story will not be about what you expect. You may even find that your curiosity may lead you in one direction at the beginning and in another direction towards the end.

Seventeen begins with a wonderful opening paragraph. The structure of the book makes it easy for the reader to find a good stopping point and makes the book a quick read. The narrator tends to talk about pictures of his life and then gives background information on what is occurring; allowing the reader to ponder a bit before everything is fully explained. The novel's European setting adds to the brilliance of the book and is refreshing compared to the usual American stories most young adults read about in the United States. In the beginning, the story is told from the father's point of view. The entrance of Jonatan's girlfriend permits the reader to relate to the story on a personal level, as Jonatan's peer. Per Nilsson is very in tune with the mind of his reader. This is exhibited in how the opinions of the audience are addressed within the story and the realism with which the characters acknowledge their verbal and historical faults. Nilsson expounds the idea that even the events in life that seem insignificant, can be very life altering. Small and large events can change a person; including the day-to-day habits that provoke new thoughts and decisions. Although the book doesn't end the way one might expect it is still quite a satisfying ending.

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Raleigh, NC United States

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