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Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature

by Robin Brande

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I enjoyed this book a lot, it is probably a little high in age range for me to use though. I might let a fifth grader read this book at the youngest. The story deals with all the normal high school issues, love, friendship, acceptance, and some not so normal ones. The main character is cast out of he group of friends when she revels the pastor of her church has been encouraging the youth class kids to try to "convert" one of their fellow classmates into being straight. They bully him so bad he attempts suicide and she must reveal the truth. ( )
  Jordanlaine | Apr 17, 2014 |
so many issues so well told ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
(a) not everything needs to have a romance in it. Why couldn't they be friends and have that be the end of it? Mena would still have enough Issues with her parents for socializing with a Boy without being all gaga over him.

(b) This was written in 2007. There's a bit talking about how great someone is at web design because he used a bunch of blinking images. AAAAAHHHH 1995 called and they want their websites back.

It's an interesting premise but it didn't light my world on fire--the Bible-thumpers are cartoonishly one-dimensional and Team Science is all scornful of organized religion (up until the Big Reveal that wasn't all that shocking, anyway). Obviously I finished the book anyway (it reads quickly) but it didn't really light my world on fire; a year from now I'll probably have forgotten I read this. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
I enjoyed most of the book - probably about 4/5 of it. But the ending? It is not the right one. When members of Mena's church treat a young man in a horrible manner because he may be gay thereby causing him to attempt suicide, Mena actually feels enough compassion to send him a letter of apology. She realizes it is a little too little, a little too late, but she is only 13 and it is the best she can do. As a result of the letter that she wrote, members of her church are sued and her parents business may be affected. She is severely punished by her parents. All her actions are restricted, she is ostracized by her old church friends, and her parents don't even talk to her. {Seriously? What kind of parents don't talk to their daughter, especially a daughter just entering high school. High school is a time with daughters REALLY need their parents!} So anyway, she has the best science teacher and the best lab partner ever and she learns some stuff about the evolution and herself. Her old church friends give the school and her teacher a hard time about teaching evolution without giving intelligent design equal time. Her teacher, who is a famous science blogger, sticks her ground and will only teach the science. Wouldn't you think at the end of the book, some of the church friends would start "seeing the light" and that reason would prevail and her parent would see what kind of idiots they are? Nope, that does not happen. Her parent never tell Mena they are proud of her for trying to do the right thing. They never tell her they are sorry for not talking to her. Her old church friends only get worse. And the book ends with the author trying to explain who knows what? I'm not really sure what she was getting at. I loved the Connors though - they rocked - Kasey, Kayla, and their mom. {And their dad and puppies too.} ( )
  spincerely | Apr 10, 2012 |
Mena Reece is a whistle blower. She exposed unsavoury goings on at her church and must now live with the repercussions as she starts high school, when life gets even more complicated.

A quick, not too demanding read as a good hearted teen from a strict family struggles to deal with various contemporary issues. ( )
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Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life
-- Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species
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Your best friend hates you. The guy you liked hates you. Your entire group of friends hates you.

All because you did the right thing.

Welcome to life for Mena, whose year is starting off in the worst way possible. She's been kicked out of her church group and no one will talk to her—not even her own parents. No one except for Casey, her supersmart lab partner in science class, who's pretty funny for the most brilliant guy on earth.

And when Ms. Shepherd begins the unit on evolution, school becomes more dramatic than Mena could ever imagine . . . and her own life is about to evolve in some amazing and unexpected ways.

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Following her conscience leads high school freshman Mena to clash with her parents and former friends from their conservative Christian church, but might result in better things when she stands up for a teacher who refuses to include "Intelligent Design" in lessons on evolution.… (more)

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