Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bang by Lisa McMann - OPTIONAL

McMann, Lisa  Bang, 241 pgs. Simon Pulse, 2013.  $16.99  Content: Language: R (62 swears; 19 “F”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence PG-13. 

This is the second book in the Visions series.  Jules is finally with her boyfriend Sawyer, even though they have to sneak around their parents to be together.  But now Sawyer is the one seeing a vision and it’s a grisly school shooting that hasn’t happened yet.  As Jules and Sawyer try to figure out how to stop the shooting and get rid of Sawyer’s visions, they also try to keep their secret from their feuding families.  The book leads to a climatic ending where the vision starts to come true.  

This series is such an intriguing idea.  The characters are easy to relate to and their relationships are endearing.  The mystery of the vision moves the plot along, making it nearly impossible to put down.  I said it with the first book, I’m annoyed with the swearing because it has no context.  Also, the mature content borders on rated R because Jules contemplates how guys can’t hide when they are aroused, going on for a paragraph or more about it.  I wish this book was cleaner because the story and characters are so appealing, it should be advisable, but the content pushes it to optional for me.  

HS-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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