Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So Shelly by Ty Roth


Until now, high school junior, John Keats, has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident. After stealing Shelly's ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last "so Shelly" romantic quest. At least that's what they think. As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.

So Shelly was a very interesting book. It’s really dark, but it’s also really fun to read and see which direction the story goes. While So Shelly was good, I don’t think it’s very memorable. Ty Roth did a good job with the characters in So Shelly, the way he wrote them really allows you to get a firm grasp on the characters and their personalities.
It’s hard for me to say my opinion on this novel because it was just… weird. I liked it but I didn’t like it. So Shelly is one of those books that’s just plain indescribable. I like the concept of the story, I’m not sure about how Ty Roth wrote it though. The story he’s trying to get across get’s a bit confusing.

FTC- ARC from a local indie bookshop

4 comments:

bartium said...

Loved it again. This book looks so interesting and I look forward to reading alone. I like when authors combine YA classics in history
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the Vintage Bookworm said...

I love the cover, but I'm not so sure on the story line and everything. I'm debating on reading this or not.

Great review. :) I'm sorry it wasn't very memorable for you. I hate when that happens. =/

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Adalbaro said...

So Shelly's life revolves three-character based off of a long dead great poetry. Anticipating such as John Keats, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley could live and interact.
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