Thursday, November 18, 2010

Write Naked by Peter Gould

She has to think for a minute, whether to tell me or not. Then she does. "You're in it."
"In what?"
"In my tracking journal. You're an entry."
Oh, great. She was stalking me.
Victor is a pretty regular sixteen year old, just trying to live "under the radar." He doesn't even really consider writing, until one day, biking past this old man's house, he sees an old ROYAL typewriter for sale. He gets it, free of charge, and takes it to his uncle's house in the woods. And that's where the story really starts.
"You have to be naked to write." He wonders what the phrase means. Whether it's symbolic- if you have to take away all distractions, everything that ties you to the world- or whether you have to literally be naked to write.
On his day of trying it, Rose Anna comes into the picture.
Rose Anna is free spirited homeschool girl, who's constantly outside. She sees things other people don't, and she has a passion for saving the planet.
The two start a little writing agreement- they write together, without being together. They write on separate sides of the table, and read- ONLY read, no comments- the work of the other person, when they complete a page. Victor with his typewriter, Rose Anna with her vintage fountain pen and her magical witch ink from her grandma.
Through the book, they fall in love, and find signs of all kinds.
Yes I'm here by myself. Yes Dash is guarding the fort. Yes, I'm dot dot dot
There's something about this machine, I can't keep away from it. Help stop it's calling me to its evil den in the woods.
Little girl come in, I'm over here in the bed, no need to knock, come in, take off your red cap. And your shawl. And your little shoes. And and and and-- Grandma, what Big Typing Keys you have!
This was an EXTREMELY odd book. Let me say that right from the beginning. Let me also say, right away, that it contains nudity, and a LOT of wiccan magic, and all that.
Now we can continue:
This book has a homeschooler in it. When I picked up the book and saw that, two things went through my mind. "Cool!" and "I wonder which stereotype they use to portray her!" Because there are two stereotypes. The frumpy, conservative, ultra religious one, and the (quote my mother here), Rainbow Wiccan Space Elf one.
This one is the Rainbow Wiccan Space Elf one.
Because of that, I'm still not sure how I think about her. Rose Anna. Because, on one hand, she's awesome! She's really smart, she's outdoorsy, she wants to save the planet, etc., etc., etc. But I didn't like her, too. Note: I am Catholic, so that might have changed my answer.
But besides the religion in it, it was a pretty good book. I'd recommend it ONLY to people over thirteen, however, because of the nudity and teen-adult themes present in it. I'd give it three stars.

1 comment:

Cat said...

All I have to say is I now have a word for that stereotype and it's extremely epic.
Rainbow Wiccan Space Elf.
I'm using that!