Genre: Realistic Fiction
CAPRICORN (CAP) ANDERSON has never watched television. He's never tasted pizza. Never even heard of a wedgie. Since he was little, his only experience has been living on a farm commune and being home schooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain.
But when Rain falls out of a tree while picking plums and has to stay in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and her cranky teen daughter, and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him or the politics of public school.
Right from the beginning, Cap's weirdness makes him a moving target at Claverage Middle School (dubbed C Average by the students.) He has long, ungroomed hair, wears hemp clothes, and practices tai chi out on the lawn. Once Zach Powers, big man on campus, spots Cap, he can't wait to introduce him to the age-old tradition at C Average: the biggest nerd gets nominated to run for class president...and wins.
Will Cap turn out to be the greatest president in the history of C Average? Or the biggest punch line?
I don't care how old I am, I will always enjoy Gordon Korman Books; this was a nice read, and pretty enjoyable. If you see it in the library check it out, if it's not there don't sweat it.
One thing I liked about this book was that it rotated point of views of all the characters. It showed you all sides of the story; the protagonist, the antagonist, the bystanders, and etc.
I personally liked Naomi the best, because I could relate to her the most. I understood what it was like when you really liked someone, that you'd be oblivious to how cruel they could be, and just did whatever they wanted you to. Then finally, when you snapped out of oblivion, you'd do whatever you could to set everything right.
I could relate to Cap too, and I think everyone can. Everyone at one point has felt left out, or that they didn't belong. But, the truth is everyone is different, and there's nothing wrong with that.
So this book had a nice message and was pretty funny. So if you see it in the library, check it out. :)
Likes: The ending, and how everyone...(read and you will see)
Dislikes: The antagonist. & the fact that Cap could be a bit ridiculous and so clueless sometimes.