Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2004-05-10
Genres: Animals, Birds, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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A fourteen-year-old girl, who can transform herself into an owl at will, discovers interesting new relationships with both humans and owls when she develops a crush on her science teacher.
I guess by virtue of my ripe old age (as of 3/10 -22), I couldn’t connect with the main character. She had this odd way of speaking, and was condescending towards humans. She didn’t eat normal food. She didn’t have friends. Her parents don’t have electricity, and are like, yes honey please marry your teacher. For real.
As a grown-up reading this, might I mention a grown up who is an educator, I just have to say EW. I know adults don’t say EW. Let me tell you, any kid starts watching me through the window, I will send my boyfriend after you/let the dog loose on you. Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand adolescent crushes and projecting lust on older people. I do know what it’s like to be young and get crushes, and how consuming they can be, but I guess being on the other end of the spectrum has changed my mind a bit.
Now, I will say this, Owl In Love by Patrice Kindl has a rather unique voice. Also, the concept of wereowls — I’ve never heard of that before, so yay for originality. Oh, and Owl In Love was a quick read, I read it in about one sitting. Plus there was a friendship theme underlying Owl In Love, and I am a sucker for friendships. I guess, I recommend Owl In Love by Patrice Kindl to the younger set.