Originally posted on Wed, Aug 04 2010 at ROPL.org.
Kristen Chandler’s novel is not about werewolves or anything else supernatural. In some ways, it’s not even about wolves. It’s about small towns, growing up and boys and girls.
That might sound a bit boring, a bit too much like real life. But Wolves, Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me is anything but boring. It’s the story of KJ Carson, seventeen years old and trying to survive high school. Enter Virgil, new to the small town and only there because his mother is studying the wolves in Yellowstone.
When Virgil inadvertently gets KJ interested in wolves, bad things start to happen. The town turns against both teens and their families and friends. Chandler holds nothing back, keeping you on the edge of your seat. Unlike many YA novels, actions have negative consequences and parents play a key role in the story.
The novel is at times funny and slightly uncomfortable, all while being sweet and endearing, with a mix of suspense thrown in. It definitely falls into the category of unique coming of age novels (see a previous column I did). Chandler’s writing makes sure that even while we learn about wolves as KJ does, it doesn’t seem boring or like a lecture. Her characters are lively, they learn from their mistake, and suffer the consequences of their actions.
Wolves, Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me was entertaining and enthralling. I completely enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it.
Be sure to check out some other books about wolves from the library!