Tangerine – Edward Bloor

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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!

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jessie
    Feb 23, 2008 @ 06:26:43

    this book was really good and it should be a movie!!!

    nylusmilk: yeah, i can see it being a disney movie. 🙂

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  2. India
    Apr 11, 2008 @ 00:32:56

    Definatly a good book! Not to mention a good disney movie!

    nylusmilk: oh, i didn’t know it’s made into a movie. wonder how it’s like. 🙂

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  3. teresa cabral
    Apr 25, 2008 @ 22:19:56

    this book is really good but that girl above me is stupidd. this book isnt a movie you freak! but it is a good book 🙂

    nylusmilk: oh, i think i misunderstood her because in the previous comment above a commenter said it would make a great movie, and i said i could see it as a disney movie. i think she was echoing what i said, but i forget i said that in the first place. 😛

    anyway, yes, i like this book!

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  4. Tyqueria
    May 01, 2008 @ 05:54:18

    this book is awesome! I read it in my class and loved it. It has a great storyline and exciting sequences. It’s one of those books you just don’t want to put down

    nylusmilk: i know! at first it was a little boring reading it, but once i got to the middle of it, i was racing through the book. 🙂 what a fun class you must have had.

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  5. erika
    May 15, 2008 @ 05:53:43

    this book is awesome im reading it in class

    nylusmilk: i know! enjoy your class. 🙂

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  6. Bella
    Dec 10, 2008 @ 06:52:23

    i thought it was astonishing and very keenly intimidating I thought the author could be a bit more discriptive.

    nylusmilk: what do you mean by astonishing and intimidating? it is those things but not descriptive enough??

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  7. Annelise Jordan
    Feb 20, 2009 @ 00:17:33

    It’s a movie?! I kinda want to see that! I hope it’s good!

    I am reading this for school.

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  8. Annelise Jordan
    Feb 20, 2009 @ 00:20:34

    Erika! Do you take FLVS?! 7th grade language arts with Mrs. Sarah Micheal? Or are you just reading this for school?

    Thanks, Annelise Jordan 😀 😛 ❤

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  9. Max
    Feb 26, 2009 @ 06:41:39

    There should be a second book about Paul Fisher in Tangerine.

    nylusmilk: you could always do a fan fiction. 🙂

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  10. Erika Johnson
    Mar 07, 2009 @ 06:19:34

    I HATED THIS BOOK!!! If you are planning on reading this book, DON’T!!! It is stupid!

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    • Jenny
      Feb 02, 2010 @ 09:07:11

      Thankyou for voicing your oppinion, but dont you have better things to do than to write hate comments about something? I actually enjoyed this book, and if someone makes a movie out of it, it would be Awesome!

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