Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Mock Printz: What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles

Title: What Happened to Cass McBride
Author: Gail Giles
Publisher: Little, Brown 11/1/06
ISBN:0316166383

Cass McBride is your typical uber-popular high school girl. Beautiful, self-aware, and aloof. This works well for her, until she gets asked out by nobody David Kirby. She laughs it off and writes a note about it to her best friend, belittling David and securing her status as the girl who looks down on everyone else. What she doesn't count on is David seeing the note, and what he does afterwards. Or how that little incident results in her being buried alive.

This was a quick read which I would recommend especially to reluctant readers. The writing and plot seem tighter than Giles' Dead Girls Don't Write Letters, but runs along the same " get through the book to see what happens at the end" vein. Part of the reason I would say it won't get the Printz is because it will actually interest teen readers.

1 comment:

Carlie said...

I am laughing at the "it will actually interest teen readers" bit, because I think you're absolutely right. This is Giles's strongest offering since Shattering Glass, and I think the format of the three voices really lent itself well to the story. As in "Glass," I thought all the characters were a little scary, almost gothic, but totally believable. I think this could have broad appeal and find a place in high school discussion groups.