Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Dented Cans by Heather Walsh
Author: Heather Walsh
Publication Date: November 2, 2012
Length: about 150 pages (ebook)
Dented Cans is the story of a weird family and their trip to Disney World. Actually, it's mostly the parents that are weird. Hannah's dad collects dented cans, especially the kind that are missing labels, so they're marked down really cheap because their contents are a mystery. Her mom is just absurdly overprotective.
My main complaint with this book is that not a lot really happened. I guess it's one of those get-to-know-the-characters books, rather than being really plot-driven. It all sort of leads up to an explanation of the family's weirdness, but I found that it didn't really explain very much.
On the other hand, the writing is very enjoyable. I laughed out loud a lot, and there are some good quotables. Also, Ben, Hannah's youngest brother, is a neat character. He's an 8 year old kid, but he doesn't act like one, making funny noises all the time. He might have some sort of disability, but his parents get mad at anyone who tries to suggest that, so they don't really know. He's the most likable character in the book. (Sidenote: I could have done without the whole he's-so-cute-because-he's-blonde-in-a-family-of-brunettes thing.)
So, the writing is good enough that I'll probably check out future books by this author, but the story didn't do much for me.
Full disclosure: Free ebook copy received from the author.