The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Book title: The Casual Vacancy

Author: J.K. Rowling

Bibliographic entry  Rowling, J. K. (2012). The Casual Vacancy. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company.
Description  It is a scathing examination of the minutiae of the town of Pagford where the characters are so caught up in their own petty desires that they cannot see the tragedy unfolding before them. The prize is a seat on the town council.
Reaction  I don’t know how to say this other than….it’s not at all what I expected. You know when Britney Spears went through this phase where she became extremely sexual and even balked at the change in her outward persona? I think J.K. must be going through the same thing. I’m not joking when I tell you that there are specific references to 3 different penises before page 22. Now if you can get past that (repeating the mantra: It’s not Harry Potter, It’s not Harry Potter) then it’s not a bad read …. it reminds me of Terry Fallis’ Best Laid Plans, a bit of The Great Gatsby
Recommended age level  Senior to AdultI think the teen readers in my library may pick it up because it’s by J.K. Rowling but this book really belongs in a place for senior level students and the adults in my building.
Subjects/themes  Politics, social class, relationships
Curriculum connections English: read a variety of student- and teacher-selected texts from diverse cultures and historical periods, identifying specific purposes for reading
Awards  Best Fiction category in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012
Miscellaneous  The book is being adapted into a BBC television drama for release in 2014.

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