Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tender Morsels: I Didn't Even Get Past Chapter 2

I hate giving up on books. But with my TBR list closing in on 400, I just can't waste my time. Even if that book has a pretty Printz Honor Book award on it.

Tender Morsels, by Margo Lanagan, has been highly praised and lauded as a mature YA novel. However, within the prologue and first two chapters the reader encounters a teenage boy's first sexual experience (nothing wrong with it just, you know, it's the first thing that happens in a fairy tale story), incest, abortion, childbirth, and gang rape.

Yeah. Within the first two chapters of a young adult novel. WTF?

Tender Morsels is apparently a re-telling of Grimm's Snow-White and Rose-Red, and I guess the two children born of incest and rape live in a protected dream world where they encounter a man-turned-bear and a dwarf, and eventually learn how to break through the barrier of their world and into the real world. I'm told by the Publisher's Weekly review that there are also suggestions of bestiality and sodomy later on in the novel. I didn't get that far.

The plot moved very slowly (I actually skimmed the last couple of pages of chapter 2 just to see if anything would actually happen) and the language was impeding. Instead of making me feel like I was transported into another time and place, I was just annoyed.

So, yeah. Not a fan. Maybe I just don't get it. But generally speaking, when I pick up a YA novel I have a general idea of what I can expect inside, and this just wasn't it. At all.

1 comment:

  1. When I was the age that I think YA books are written for, I had no idea what all those things were. Granted that was a really long time ago. I'm sure they existed,and maybe others in my age group were less naive, and times have changed a great deal. But to me, that kind of crap doesn't need to be directed to pre-teens and kids in their early teens.