Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction and young adult
Release Date: January 5, 2004
Pages: 176 (Ebook)
For sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft — a kid with cerebral palsy, no parents, and an overprotective grandmother — the closest thing to happiness is hunkering alone in the back of the Rialto Theatre and watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. The last person he wants to run into is drugged-up Colleen Minou, resplendent in ripped tights, neon miniskirt, and an impressive array of tattoos. But when Colleen climbs into the seat beside him and rests a woozy head on his shoulder, Ben has that unmistakable feeling that his life is about to change. With unsparing humor and a keen flair for dialogue, Ron Koertge captures the rare repartee between two lonely teenagers on opposite sides of the social divide. His smart, self-deprecating protagonist learns that kindred spirits may be found for the looking — and that the resolve to follow your passion can be strengthened by something as simple as a human touch.
Told from the perspective of Ben comes a story about love, Courage, and trying to find yourself and what you love. This book is an okay kind of read. The beginning starts off great with characters that make me laugh and pay attention to their lives. But everything changes and the things that really stands out disappear.
Colleen is a very disorganized character. I understand that she’s crazy and confusing but the way Ron Koertge writes her is odd and rushed. I love the beginning of this book, it really caught my attention and kept it until somewhere in the middle the book starts to go downhill. The funny and awkward conversations Ben and Colleen have seem to die away and become boring. Almost all of the characters don’t have any back stories and after a while, feel like paper on ink, nothing special. The ending is very predictable and boring. I feel really apathetic towards it.
For the most part, I really enjoy the writing style. I love how comfortable Ben is filming his peers because he seems very relaxed and kind of happy. The conversations actually start to pick up and become interesting for a bit. I like the way Ben interacts with them because they seem like how actual teens would react when being filmed. Another thing I like is Ben and his relationship with movies. It’s something that can be easily relatable.
Stoner And Spaz is an okay read that has teens act like actual teens. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books like, 34 Pieces of You, Candy, or any book where the female lead is a disaster waiting to happen. Yet, still pushes away the people who love her the most.