Edward Bloor has taught middle school and high school in Florida, where he lives with his wife and children. Tangerine is his first novel.
The book in one sentence: A 12-year-old soccer freak living under the shadow of his 17-year-old football star brother and trying to unearth the mysterious cause of his legally-blind eyes.
Who would you recommend it to: Boys. And girls who don’t mind reading lad lit.
OK bits: The part where a sinkhole sank the protagonist’s middle school; the part where he finally recalls the incident that nearly caused him to be blind; and the climax of the story. (Pretty gripping stuff for a young adult book!)
Boring bits: The beginning is not that great, but it gets better as it goes along.
Random review quote:
“Smart, adaptable, and anchored by a strong sense of self-worth, Paul makes a memorable protagonist in a cast of vividly drawn characters; multiple yet taut plotlines lead to a series of gripping climaxes and revelations. Readers are going to want more from this author.” — Kirkus Reviews
Verdict: I enjoyed it better than I thought I would; pretty good read. My only gripe is the way they butchered the football (as in the real football and not American football) terms in soccer – a goalkeeper is not a goaltender, and it’s not offsides, but offside. I mean, logically you can only be off one wrong side in a game; if you were off (both) sides it means you can’t win the game!