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Book Title: April Fools|
The author of the book: Richie Tankersley Cusick
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Reader ratings: 6.1
Date of issue: April 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780590431156
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 396 KB
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I was remembering how much fun I had last year re-reading some books from my childhood, so I decided to read some more. I 100% remember owning this book, but I remembered 0% of the story. It is ANOTHER book about teenagers being involved in a car accident which they keep secret, but then later, someone who seems to know about the accident seems to be getting revenge.
The protagonist of the story, Belinda, is filled with guilt about the accident she and her friends caused, and can't get past the memory of seeing a person trapped inside a burning car moments before it exploded. Her terrible friend Hildy, and her even more terrible friend Frank constantly berate and make fun of her for still being troubled about the accident two weeks later. (TWO WEEKS!) Come on, Belinda, two weeks is PLENTY of time for a teenager to get over inadvertently murdering someone, watching them get burned alive, and then keeping it secret. Soon, Belinda is asked to tutor a mysterious teenage boy named Adam who was ALSO in an accident two weeks ago and was badly scarred. SO WEIRD! Amateur detective Belinda is convinced that this must be the same accident, but her friends tell her she is being, like, sooooo dramatic. After all, Adam might be totally hot or something, and Belinda really needs a boyfriend! As it turns out, Adam is not hot, but he does have a hot stepbrother named Noel. He and Belinda hit it off, even though she is really poor and he is really rich. He promises to protect her from Adam, who Belinda believes is trying to kill her as revenge for the accident. But Belinda still comes and tries to get through to Adam with her tutoring because she is noble and really feels that she can make a difference, you know? There are a bunch of random snakes in the house, which I thought would be important, (because Chekhov's Gun and all) but they actually are 100% random. OH! And there is also an actual monogrammed handkerchief that is a clue in the mystery. For real! Anyway, stuff happens, there are plot twists and a dramatic confrontation and then that is the end.
I know I am being snarky about this book but that is only because I am reading it as an adult and I am not the intended audience. I can see why I would have liked it in 7th or 8th grade. When you are that age, you don't really know that a monogrammed handkerchief is a cliche or that high school kids really don't spend their days completely free of contact with any authority figures. Of course it would be exciting to imagine a whirlwind romance with a good-looking and kind (he loves his pet dog!) rich guy! I think books like these are cool for kids because it primes you to recognize certain literary tropes and to appreciate when those tropes are inverted. Plus, they are fun! I loved the heck out of books like this when I was a kid, so kudos to the authors for knowing their stuff.
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Read information about the authorRichie Tankersley Cusick is the bestselling young adult author of over 25 titles, including two adult horror titles, "Scarecrow" and "Blood Roots". Her popularity grew at the height of the horror/YA boom in the late 80's/early 90's, particularly with books like "Lifeguard" , "Trick or Treat" and "Teacher's Pet", just to name a few, allowing her to keep company on the bestseller paperback lists with the likes of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike. Her fan base expanded about the time she changed publishers to Archway/Pocket Books with titles like "Vampire" and "Someone at the Door".
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