Adam Rapp

Candlewick Press

May 2018

$24.99 AU

402p hc

ISBN: 978-0763667566

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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.

Fum by Adam Rapp is novel that follows two seemingly disconnected characters. One of them, Corinthia Bledsoe, who is introduced as a 7’4” giant and one named Billy Ball, a kid that I can only guess is on the spectrum from his diary entry set out of his parts of the book. This was how the author avoids confusion between characters and was admirable. In saying this, this story mostly felt very thrown together and somewhat random and didn’t follow a strong storyline. This paired with the author’s tendency to overwrite points made the novel difficult to follow. These faults were balanced by the characters and character development which have been well done. I do feel as though this book has changed my outlook through utilising this. Taking into account the frequent swearing, death, and mature themes that are included in this book, I would recommend it to people ages 13+. I would also recommend it to lovers of young adult fiction who are after an interesting change from mainstream YA.

Chelsea, age 16

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