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!Read E-pub ⚫ Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me ë KJ Carson lives an outdoor lover s dream The only daughter of a fishing and wildlife guide, KJ can hold her own on the water or in the mountains near her hometown outside Yellowstone National ParkBut when she meets the shaggy haired, intensely appealing Virgil, KJ loses all self possession And she s not sure if it s a good thing or a bad thing that they re assigned to work together on a school newspaper article about the famous wolves of Yellowstone As KJ spends time with Virgil, she also spends time getting to know a part of her world that she always took for granted and she begins to see herself and her town in a whole new light I thought this was a great first novel for this author I found the dialogue to be too sitcom ish at times, just too many ready replies But I thought there was a complexity to the plot that was great for a first novel I liked how there were a number of different focuses that played off each other and carried the story along I have to say also though, that I ve spent a lot of days in the Lamar Valley driving around looking for wolves and anything else and in all those visits combined never saw I thought this was a great first novel for this author I found the dialogue to be too sitcom ish at times, just too many ready replies But I thought there was a complexity to the plot that was great for a first novel I liked how there were a number of different focuses that played off each other and carried the story along I have to say also though, that I ve spent a lot of days in the Lamar Valley driving around looking for wolves and anything else and in all those visits combined never saw as much as they seemed to see every time they went out Maybe I just need a two way radio tuned to the wolf people station It s so nice to read a YA book about real issues And I m not talking about the awkwardness of being a teenage girl, of wearing the wrong outfit, of feeling that everyone else is popular and you re a social leper, of not understanding what boys mean or why they do the things they do, of struggling with an overbearing parent you can t relate to, although the book is about that too But it s also about a world that s larger than us In this case, it s about the Wolf Reintroduction Program at Yello It s so nice to read a YA book about real issues And I m not talking about the awkwardness of being a teenage girl, of wearing the wrong outfit, of feeling that everyone else is popular and you re a social leper, of not understanding what boys mean or why they do the things they do, of struggling with an overbearing parent you can t relate to, although the book is about that too But it s also about a world that s larger than us In this case, it s about the Wolf Reintroduction Program at Yellowstone National Park On one hand, you have the environmentalists following the wolves, enthralled by their beauty and social structure, and the benefits to the ecological system as a whole when wolves keep down the elk population which in turn helps vegetation growth And on the other hand, you have the ranchers who loose numbers when wolves prey on their herd causing them a financial burden, and on top of that, you have the wolf reintroduction coming down as a a federal mandate where the states oppose the measure It goes to cause a lot of natural tension and devise, and it s all interesting stuff about national politics that might interest kids in real issues in life That s refreshing in YA lit image error The only thing this book succeeded in doing was making me change my mind about ever visiting Montana Everyone in this book was an asshole Seriously, everyone There wasn t one likeable character in the entire damn thing, and less than halfway through, I wanted to crawl inside and firebomb everything Everything.The interpersonal relationships were just fucking bizarre Everyone treats everyone else like total shit It doesn t matter who they are Like a girl Treat her like shit image error The only thing this book succeeded in doing was making me change my mind about ever visiting Montana Everyone in this book was an asshole Seriously, everyone There wasn t one likeable character in the entire damn thing, and less than halfway through, I wanted to crawl inside and firebomb everything Everything.The interpersonal relationships were just fucking bizarre Everyone treats everyone else like total shit It doesn t matter who they are Like a girl Treat her like shit Have a daughter who struggles with certain things, but is still a good person all around and helps you out a lot Treat her like shit Classmate who is a bit different Be her friend, but treat her like shit You re a teacher who s been put upon Treat your students like shit Neighbors feel differently about something Treat them like shit At times, the animosity made no sense whatsoever KJ falls asleep and a wolf kills a couple of cows, but she somehow got a couple of cows killed image error Oh, and let s not forget KJ s disability No, we couldn t because we were reminded of it about 500 fucking times Her awkwardness being blamed on her dyslexia was just plain ignorant My husband and son are both dyslexic, and they re not socially retarded In fact, kids with learning disabilities tend to overcompensate in the social skills department KJ is an outsider and has no friends because she s klutzy and says weird things and can t spell Fuckin A, man, this is how school shootings happen Ugh, justjust avoid this if you re sick and tired of reading about people being horrible to each other It never ends Never I thought perhaps there was going to be some big revelation and certain people would be apologizing to other peoplenope Nada They just continued on their merry way, reveling in their assholery The title should have been, Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Want To Kill Me Not my favrouite contemporary, the romance was iffy and the characters were bland.