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Estelle: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen Pages: 312 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Walden, amnesia, on the run Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: “Hank” wakes up to find himself in New York City without any knowledge of […]

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March 7, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - This book sounds so intriguing! While it’s a bit disappointing that there’s one too many issues, I still want to read it. Hank seems like a great character and I love that it connects with Thoreau.

March 6, 2013 - 11:29 pm

VeganYANerds - You’ve made me so glad that I requested this via netgalley! I’m keen to read this and see what I think of Hank’s past, sometimes I do think some books add to much for the characters to deal with

March 6, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Hmm, I think I agree that maybe Armistead gave Hank a bit too much to deal with. I felt like the latter half took on an almost ABC Family Special feel, which was a bit odd for me. I did really like the character of Thomas, though—of all the new people Hank met, he was my favorite.

March 6, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Tara - I have never read Thoreau either, but I really like the idea of giving him a bit of a fresh twist for YA today. I’m also intrigued by the amnesia factor and would be curious to read a book from that POV.

March 6, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Kim - I first saw this book when it was listed as a giveaway somewhere. Reading the synopsis I was thinking I could really get in to it.

March 6, 2013 - 11:24 am

Alexa Y. - I like the sound of this book quite a lot. It definitely has something to do with the fact that it takes inspiration from literature, and that I would want to find out what happens to Hank. He does sound like a very compelling character!

March 6, 2013 - 10:16 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’m happy to hear that Thoreau is woven in tastefully and not in a snooty way. I sometimes wonder if YA authors feel like they HAVE to pack in as much drama (or tragic events) as possible for shock value, instead of letting a single event bear the weight for the character.

Regardless, this sounds like an interesting read that’s different from most of what’s out there right now!