While we think in our minds, we don't usually describe everything in vivid detail. Now the reason this book didn't get 5 stars is because I wish some end points could have been wrapped up. For instance, I wish that it hadn't ended the way it did, even though I liked it. It just left me hanging, wanting more and hoping there was a second book. There isn't. Atkins knows how to write a good book, and she also knows how to end things so they leave you yearning for more to happen. Jun 08, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: pov-female , era-oakton.
The File on Angelyn Stark simply asks the reader to bear witness. The narrative is very clearly told by Angelyn. The dialogue and vernacular as specific to Anngelyn and where she lives, which was very refreshing. Almost all the prose is dialogue, and a The File on Angelyn Stark simply asks the reader to bear witness.
The File on Angelyn Stark has no three paragraph epiphanies. At times the heavy-dialogue format muddled the story. There were many times the characters changed locations without a clear signifyer because there were nearly no descriptions. However, the format served to make the story very stark. With only dialogue, every painful part of the story demanded your full attention. Any writers struggling with purple prose should read this book as an example of how minimal language can be effective.
Review Posted on heyteenbookshesy. Feb 03, Denise rated it it was ok. She has a difficult time with friends and school, but even worse is her home life. The gossip around town is that she's trouble and a bad girl -- is that true? And a neighbor boy contacts the authorities when he thinks he's seen something in her house that shouldn't be happening.
No question, Angelyn is rebellious and acting out -- but why? Is the young, understanding history teacher, Mr. Rossi, the a 2.
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Rossi, the answer to her cry for help? It may be that Angelyn has lost the ability to find or fight her way out of the life she's living. Although there is a lot of "drama" here, the characters in the novel seem flat and stereotypical and I found myself unable to feel much empathy for Angelyn and her situation because of that.
The author goes for angst, but it seems forced and some of the situations require the reader to more than suspend disbelief. Though this is marketed for YA, I don't think it is for younger high school students. I understand that some teens fight, have sex, drink beer, and smoke cigarettes, but some of the detail is a bit too graphic for this age group. I hesitate to put it on the shelves in my high school's library. I will ask a mature teen I know to read it and give a candid opinion and then may revise my review to reflect her thoughts.
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Feb 26, Diane Ferbrache rated it really liked it Shelves: family-stories , high-school. Angelyn is a girl with a bad reputation. Her mother hates her. Her stepfather ignores her. Her best girlfriends are spreading rumors about her. I liked that it wasn't too predictable, but that there weren't any outlandish surprises either. Jan 11, Dana rated it did not like it Shelves: i-own-this. ARC review Ugh.
This book was just full of awful writing, indistinguishable plot, and horrible characters. I hated this book. I felt that it could've been so much more. It had an interesting tagline, it just fell short on character development and plot and just everything. Okay sure, Angelyn kinda changed or something. Gah I don't even remember. I could care less really. Oh right. The ONE thing that almost made me feel something other than disgust for the characters was the thing with Mr.
That made me sad. See what I mean?? That's soooooooooo hilarious and sad that I forgot his name. Ahhhhh okay. So I pretty much despised this book. At least I got it for free. Yay for free books! May 11, Tammy Leech rated it liked it Shelves: library-challenge. It really just proves two points… You never know what's going on in someone's life and Teens are cruel sometimes. The book was almost completely dialogue and interaction between Angelyn and all of the significant people in her life but somehow it sucked me in to her story. I worried for her, wanted to scream at her mom, wanted to punch her boyfriend.
I feel like Atkins did a great job of handling tough subjects and how children react to them. That being said, it was a lot of dialogue, not much detail or depth beyond the interactions and past stories. Definitely worth the quick read that it was and one that I think I will remember. Jan 26, Kerry rated it really liked it. For such a simply written story Angelyn Stark was a deep and complex character that I really love.
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She comes off as a tough 15 yr-old girl-getting in fights, drinking beer at lunch, failing her classes-but underneath is a 12 yr old thats crying out for help and love. Where she finds it is in a closs almost inappropriatly so relationship with a young teacher who gives her the support and friendship she needs to stand up for who she is. But the real story isnt about them it's about HER-finding h For such a simply written story Angelyn Stark was a deep and complex character that I really love.
But the real story isnt about them it's about HER-finding her voice.
A short but great read. Nov 09, Kimberly rated it liked it Shelves: 8th-grade. This book isn't the best but I found it interesting and that I couldn't stop reading it. Mostly because I wanted to know what really happened with Angelyn, it wasn't exactly a page turner. The book leaves you wondering what happened to Angelyn when she was younger when you first read it but once you find out, to me it sort of stopped being as interesting. This book had three stars because the plot itself was pretty good but I thought the book didn't really have anything special that it made it This book isn't the best but I found it interesting and that I couldn't stop reading it.
This book had three stars because the plot itself was pretty good but I thought the book didn't really have anything special that it made it stand out. Sep 01, Rachel rated it it was ok. I don't think I have ever read a book with a character that I truly hated and could not stand. Angelyn I felt bad for her but come on how old is she like I wish the girl acted more her age and was just more adult.
I could not stand her and just how she would not leave Mr. Rossi alone like come on. So, I rated it a 2 because some parts held my interest but for the most part I could not stand it. May 15, Pamela rated it really liked it Shelves: a-fic , f01a-family-life , f01a-school , 4-grhigh-sch.
Topic matter is very difficult and mature, but author handles it with subtlety. I thought the language captures the angst, confusion, and pain that such a situation would provoke from someone. I found it interesting to get to know Angelyn Stark, to see how she pushed back in anger, and how she confused the roles of friend, father, and lover.
Jun 20, Brandi Rae Fong rated it liked it Shelves: diverse-characters , young-adult-fiction , realistic-fiction , tough-issues. Fast-paced, dialogue heavy book Feb 19, Sherri rated it liked it. This YA novel is fast-paced gritty realistic fiction story about a troubled teen whose past is as messed up as her present. Sad story about child abuse and its lingering effects, especially when it goes untreated.
Jan 06, Tarah McCue rated it it was ok Shelves: unhauled. This book covered a very serious subject matter, but I couldn't stand the characters. They all annoyed me and pissed me off. Maybe I'm too old for this particular book. I'm not sure.
I just couldn't connect with it. Dec 03, Jennifer rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult-teen. Read for professional review. Aug 29, Estelle Laure rated it it was amazing. I ate it in one bite. Never looked up. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Mar 28, Cindy rated it it was amazing. Really good stayed up till it was finished. Was a page turner. Read it if you can. Aug 08, Jessica rated it really liked it. This was a really good book. I liked it because I thought the other had a very intriguing writing style and great ideas.
Sep 13, Yazna rated it liked it. Jan 07, Richard Cardenas rated it really liked it. Such a raw and dark read. Book thoughts to come Jan 23, Pamela rated it really liked it. I have a lot to say about this book, but will write more later. Readers also enjoyed.
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The File on Angelyn Stark. She's a complex, absorbing character. It's interesting to see how her interactions with others change throughout the novel as she grows more confident in her ability to judge character. Atkins wisely doesn't make Angelyn a victim. She's affected by the sexual abuse she sufferer at the hands of her stepfather, as well as the emotional abuse by her mother, but it's not her defining quality. Nor is it her only problem. I really rooted for her, because she did have so much potential she'd been taught to ignore.
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