I’ve been really slow on the uptake here. I’ve finally read my first book for The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh! Not only have I read this book for this particular challenge but I’m also reading this for Canada Reads 2009. I hope to get all the Canada Reads 2009 books but I know they probably won’t be finished before the winner is selected but that’s alright.
By Brian Francis
I’m not really sure what to say about this book. It was amazing and I laughed out loud several times while reading this. It got so much attention that people at work have been asking to borrow the book. So it’ll start making its rounds, in fact someone else has the novel already.
The story is told by the teen aged Peter Paddington who is over weight and believes his nipples are evil. Peter is such a well developed character I could see him and hear his voice from the opening statements in the novel, “My name is Peter Paddington. I just started grade 8 at Clarkedale Elementary School. Six days a week, I deliver the Sarnia Observer and the other day, my nipples popped out.” Throughout the novel Peter tells us everything that is going on and what he thinks about the people and situations.
It’s no wonder that this book was one of the selections for Canada Reads 2009. I’m really keen to see what Jen Sookfong Lee (the defender of Fruit by Brian Francis) and the others on the panel have to say about this wildly humors novel. This was a great choice for my first book to read in the Canada Reads 2009 competition. I’ve also started The Book of Negroes and it’s fantastic but not even close to being in the same category as Fruit.
I’ve decided to do a google search to find some fellow reviewers of the books I’m reviewing and will be posting links to their review. If you’re interested in checking out their reviews just click the link. Also, if you’re interested in having you’re review added to the list this can be done by emailing the link to your review to email@example.com. Here are the reviews I’ve come across on my google search for Fruit:
The Book Zombie a fellow Canadian reviewed this book for Canada Reads 2009 as well.
The Keepin’ It Real Book Club has a witty review of the book.
Reader of the Stack is another blogger that’s read Fruit for Canada Reads 2009
Pickle Me This is yet another Canada Reads 2009 reader.
If this a book that’s been of interest to you remember you could be the winner of the winner of the Canada Reads 2009 novel by entering my giveaway.
11 thoughts on “Fruit – Review”
Haven’t read this yet but I really want to…
Glad to hear you enjoyed it and congrats on getting your first one finished for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge!
You should check out Corey Redekop over at Shelf Monkey, he’s trying to convince everyone on the planet (OK, maybe just everyone in Canada) to read Fruit!
It does sound amazing. I read The Book Zombie’s review a while ago and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since.
Without having read it, or any of the other contenders for that matter, I think it has a good shot of taking Canada Reads. Seems to have the perfect amount of underdogism, plus I’ve yet to read a bad review.
Wanda: I didn’t happen to come across Shelf Monkey and the review for Fruit on there. I agree with him, everyone should read this book!
Nymeth: You should get your hands on this book as soon as you can!
John Mutford: From what I’ve been seeing and hearing about this book you’d think it would be a great contender for the prize but I’m skeptical and don’t think it’ll win. Most winners don’t seem to be humors but let’s hope this year is different.
Great review! This book was fantastic. I really felt that Francis got to the heart of the horrors of pre-teen-ism in a really gentle way.
Everything is very open with a clear explanation of the issues.
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Nice review. I loved Peter and the whole time I just wanted to be 13 and to be his friend.
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