As promised the Bookworm has returned with more reviews. No go Gogo by Beaird Glover. Which I received from the author for an honest review.
In this messy love story, an unlikely hero is chosen by the empress of a bizarre cult and he becomes a new kind of paranormal like the world has never seen. Throw in some pungent explosions and greenhouse taboo, a deadly new drug and choices made for love or money, and the forces of good will fight it out with evil for the comedic unspeakable and to test the fortitude of everyone.
“Think if it like this,” the guard says. “Not to put too fine a point on it, but I don’t know how else you could understand: Her butt is like the Tree of Knowledge, and forbidden booty fruit ripens within. You cannot pry into the wondrous mysteries of life. You may not pluck the forbidden booty fruit.”
“But I’m a gastroenterologist,” the doctor says. “I need to know the truth.”
“You can’t handle the truth!”
“Is she making Louis eat her forbidden booty fruit?” Justin asks.
“It is thought to be too strong, too feculent and putrid for human consumption,” the guard says.
Justin continues, “But, people aren’t supposed to eat poop anyway, right?”
Nogo Go go is the funniest and most disgusting thing I’ve read in a while! This paranormal satire is the equivalent of the longest and most hilarious fart joke you’ve ever heard! It will have you literally clutching your stomach… in laughter. In this story there a line is drawn between those who hold it in and those who “free their bowels” and the greedy people in the middle who want to exploit the market for both. You have the Freedom Farters and their Orifice Xo with her magic booty fruit and diarrhea inducing lettuce and the people behind NoGo. A drug that will instantly stop you up. Nogo pushers are trying to corner the diarrhea market but are in for a series of events no one can predict. This colon cleansing plot twist will keep you thoroughly entertained. I give this a 5/5 rating and highly recommend you get this book right this second. It can be found at Amazon.com.
Sharp-tongued, quick-witted Porsche worships her sister Winter. Cut from the same cloth as her father, Ricky Santiaga, Porsche is also a natural-born hustler. Passionate and loyal to the extreme, she refuses to accept her new life in group homes, foster care, and juvenile detention after her family is torn apart. Porsche—unique, young, and beautiful—cries as much as she fights and uses whatever she has to reclaim her status. Unselfish, she pushes to get back everything that ever belonged to her wealthy, loving family.
This book was a big disappointment for me because it fell short in so many ways. Overall the whole story just wasn’t believable to me in any way. No matter what genre of book you read you want to feel like something in the story could actually happen. There were very few points where I felt like that. Porsche was also a hard character for me to connect with. Throughout the story her narrations change from sounding like a grown woman to sounding like a five year old. It was supposed to show that she had alter personalities but it was just confusing to read most of the time and honestly it took away from the story to me. Her relationship with her mother and the things she went through dealing with her crack addiction was the only thing that felt real to me. Her marriage to Elisha was just ridiculous. It seems that Sister Souljah has a thing about polygamous relationships and teenage marriage because they are a recurring theme in her books. There were parts of the story that didn’t make sense at all. For example, how she became a world famous dancer but law enforcement agency ever arrested her for breaking of out juvenile. Even if you take into consideration the fact that they covered up the breakout, they had only changed the records two years before she came back to the states. The plot was just not consistent and plain ridiculous at times. It was like reading an episode of Jerry Springer. You don’t want to watch but you can’t look away and it passes the time until something else comes along. I would give it a 1/5.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
Panic began as so many things in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer and there was nothing else to so.
Panic turned out to be a nice surprise. This was honestly a book I usually would’ve passed up and I’m glad I didn’t. It was a very realistic account of the type of things teenagers living in a poor small town do. The amazingly developed characters really make the story. In the beginning the story moves at a slow place as you begin to get the know the characters and the reasons for playing Panic. For Heather, one of the main narrators, it a spilt decision driven by a broken heart. That moment where you do something crazy after finding out bad news. As the story progresses and her life starts going on a different path she really grows up by the of the book. She blossoms and realizes her future is not hopeless like she thought it was. She just needed something to believe in. The second narrator Dodge is driven by revenge. I totally understood Doge and his need for justice. He lost something precious and wanted someone to pay. Secondary characters Natalie and Bishop really add to the plot and the friendships between the characters were portrayed very realistically. There was jealousy, love, betrayal and moments where they faced a shift in friendships as well. All the things that a part of teenage relationships. As for Panic itself it didn’t really get good until about midway through the book when the stakes really get high. This book is actually a few different books in one. Heather’s story is more of coming of age. Dodge’s story is more of a revenge is not so sweet. It has despair, anger and just the psychological affects of growing up poor. Overall it was a really good read and the type of story where anyone can empathize with one of the characters. I recommend this book and would give it a 4/5.