Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book review - Fum

Title: Fum
Author: Adam Rapp
Genre: realistic fiction/surrealism
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truly odd

Summary (provided by publisher): What is it like to be a giant? Meet Corinthia Bledsoe, a seven-foot tall high-school junior who can predict the future.
Over seven feet tall and with a newfound ability to sense future events, Corinthia Bledsoe is far more than just another Midwestern high-school junior; she’s a force of nature. When she predicts with terrifying accuracy the outcome of a tornado that will hit her high school, leaving a cow standing midcourt in the Lugo Memorial field house, Corinthia finds herself at the epicenter of another kind of storm entirely. And as things get stranger and stranger — both in her small town and her own home — lives start to intersect in ways even Corinthia can’t foresee.

My opinion: There's weird and then there's weird. I kept expecting clearer elements of magic. We have prophecy, of a sort. I was waiting for the acknowledgement of Corinthia as a seer or something. We have a number of odd happenings, but the town just sort of rolls with it. It's sort of surreal. And we don't get any clear answers. Her brother, what's actually happening to Corinithia, her mother's other life, the volunteer at the school. All of these sub-plots are happening but don't resolve or even tie into the main plot in any significant way. In the end, it's hard to draw any conclusions or take away any messages. Too weird for me.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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