By Linda Oatman High
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2006
Audience: All Teens
I was smitten,
by a love bug
just been hit.
I was in deep
Laura Crapper, a seventeen-year-old combat-boot-wearing poet with spiked red hair, renames herself Sister Slam and hits the road with her best friend, Twig. On the way to a slam poetry contest in New Jersey, they hit a pig, get pulled over by the cops, fight with one of the judges, lose the contest, get into two more fender benders, fight with each other, and finally land on the front page of a New York City newspaper for their amazing impromptu performance at the famous Tavern on the Green. The girls and their fresh style of poetry take the city by storm, but when Laura's father back in Pennsylvania has a heart attack, she must face her fears about home and the still-raw loss of her mother. This inspiring romp of a coming-of-age story, written entirely in Laura's in-your-face slam poetry style, proves you don't have to give up your home to live your dream.
I honestly thought of Dr. Seuss when I was reading this one BEFORE the book brought it up itself, I swear. In that way it was fun to read. I thought it was very well-written and I've never read a book in verse that actually rhymed before. That part was very cool.
The part that I didn't like so much was that she got into a ton of crashes. Every time I picked up the book there was a new one. Seriously. And there were so many coincidences - she ran into a lot of people again... I didn't quite believe it. Also, everything seemed to work out a bit too easily for her, career-wise. Same goes for her romance. I didn't really get swept up in it.
Overall, it was interesting and I'm glad I read it.