14 July 2011

{Book Review} The Babysitter Murders

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 July 2011 at 1:18 AM | | | |

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The Babysitter Murders
Author: Janet Ruth Young
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Published: Just 26th 2011
Publisher: Atheneum (S&S)
Source: The {Teen} Book Scene Blog Tour
Rating: 3.5 Birds

Everyone has weird thoughts sometimes. But for seventeen-year-old Dani Solomon, strange thoughts have taken over her life. She loves Alex, the little boy she babysits, more than anything. But one day, she has a vision of murdering him that's so gruesome, she can't get it out of her mind. In fact, Dani's convinced that she really will kill Alex. She confesses the thoughts to keep him safe, setting off a media frenzy that makes "Dani Death" the target of an extremist vigilante group.

Through the help of an unconventional psychiatrist, Dani begins to heal her broken mind. But will it be too late? The people of her community want justice . . . and Dani's learning that some thoughts are better left unsaid.

We are the 6th stop on the Babysitter Murders Blog Tour hosted by The {Teen Book Scene} For a full list of participants as well as some amazing posts from the author Janet Ruth Young, click HERE and be sure to stop back in tomorrow and catch a great Top Tens List from Janet!!

I have to admit that when I started this book Dani’s narration was not just a bit confusing for me, but also kind of annoying. I think I have read far too many YA novels that roll out the story in such a simplistic format that stopping to use my brain threw me for a loop. Once I moved past my own little issues, I could better read through Dani’s.

This story is an amazing nod to mental health issues in todays society, more importantly as they effect young adults. I can not even begin to fathom the amount of research and time Janet Ruth Young put into writing this book. All her hard work pays off, because the “visions” were so vivid and wonderfully written I was shocked that I visualized them so easily and clearly.

The Babysitter Murders is very different, very much not your typical YA read by any means. I think it has a very focused audience that will love it and eat it up. That being said I do feel like it will be lost on many others and it is sad because the topic is so important and presented in such a great way.

I can’t delve into too much of the plot with out being spoliery and I HATE being spoliery, but I do suggest you pick up this book and read it. Give it a shot and go in knowing it’s a little different then what you normally read but that it will be worth it. And when you do read it, come back and let me know what your thoughts were as well!

I round out with 3.5 birds, I enjoyed it but wasn’t totally in love with it. I think it was well worth the read and definitely found it interesting but have noticed that this type of book isn’t always my cup of tea.

Check back tomorrow for a great Guest Post from Janet Ruth Young!

Want more reviews of The Babysitter Murders and see some other amazing Guest Posts from Janet Ruth Young? Check out the other stops on this great Blog Tour!

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