Thursday, August 12, 2010

Stranded by J.T. Dutton

Stranded by J.T. Dutton.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 256.

My best friend, Katy, says a person with a sparkly two-part name like Kelly Louise should be guaranteed a little glamour and excitement and not be forced to move back to Mom's middle-of-nowhere hometown—now the center of a media frenzy since a farmer found an infant in his cornfield. (It just slipped from some mystery mother's body without anyone noticing.)


But Baby Grace shadows every hair flip, every wink, and is keeping me from losing my virginity, despite my dynamite new boots. Even Katy doesn't have any more good advice. The one boy around who rates anywhere near acceptable on the Maximum Man Scale only has eyes for my cousin, Natalie, who only has eyes for Jesus.

But Natalie has a secret.

Everyone is so busy burying the truth about Baby Grace, they can't see who they're burying alive.

Welcome to Heaven, Iowa.

Stranded is one of the weirdest novels I’ve ever read, but I mean that in the best way possible. With religious and moral-filled characters involved in a shocking, worldwide scandal, Stranded is like a Lifetime movie on drugs. Once again, best way possible.

Kelly Louise was so entertaining to read; sex-obsessed at fifteen, sarcastic, stubborn and way too outspoken and obnoxious for the tiny town of Heaven, Iowa. Her arrival at her Nana’s house sheds a new kind of light on her seemingly perfect cousin, Natalie, and her own mother’s feelings concerning her.

The book wasn’t fast-paced or exciting by any means, but for me, that didn’t matter because I was more involved with Kelly Louise’s struggle to keep her cousin’s secret to herself. Kelley Louise is very eccentric and not afraid to go for what she wants - whether it be a boy who is obviously in love with her cousin, or the jerk-off stoner from next door. I felt like her wanting to tell was a hot and cold thing - sometimes it was for mature reasons, sometimes for immature. But I just found it part of the Kelley Louise charm.

Overall, this book really entertained me. Though there’s no intensifying mystery or swoon-worthy romance, I definitely think you should all pick this one up! It will probably be the most unique novel you’ve ever read. And yes, best way possible.


  1. I love weird books! It's always nice to read something that you wouldn't ordinarily come across. I've got to check this one out!

    P.S. Love the new layout.

  2. I'll have to check this one out!! Great review Katie :)

  3. I love the weird, as long as it's the good kind of weird :) Thanks for the review, I'll be checking this book out.

  4. This sounds like a nice reprieve from the rushy, voicy YA I've been reading of late. Some slower, more thoughtful stuff certainly never hurts! Thanks for the review--I'll add this one to my To Read list. :)

  5. This sounds intriguing to me. And I mean that in the best way possible. :)