Review of Owl In Love by Patrice Kindl

Review of Owl In Love by Patrice KindlOwl In Love by Patrice Kindl
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2004-05-10
Genres: Animals, Birds, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 214
Format: Paperback
Source: Trade
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one-half-stars

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.

Maybe some of you may recall my tweet about Owl In Love by Patrice Kindl being a creeper. I still stand by that tweet. I will say, I did warm up to Owl In Loveby Patrice Kindl a bit, but definitely feel a little too old for it. Owl In Love by Patrice Kindl is about this 14 year old girl named Owl who is -get this- a wereowl. She has a creeper crush on her teacher Mr. Lindstrom, who is pushing mid-forties, and somewhat balding. Basically she turns into an owl and watches him from the window. I know gross, right! Anyway, I spent most of Owl In Love creeped out until she met someone her own age.

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 Kindlhas 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.

 

one-half-stars
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April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.

Comments

  1. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog says:

    Wow, this one does sound ew!! I'm surprised you were able to finish it.

  2. So, I think I'll be skipping this one…even at the risk of taking an advice from an old lady like you (yeah…I'm 23).

    Anyway, it sounds pretty weird and I don't blame you for being icked. I laughed when I was reading your review, because you said she turned into an owl and then said Any"hoo". 🙂

  3. Jenn (Books At Midnight) says:

    Nice review! I didn't recognize the book at first, but then was like "oh!" after reading your review; I think it got an interesting cover revamp. But, anyways, I pulled this book out a lot at my middle school library but never checked it out because, well… it seems creepy. Lol, glad to know I'm not wrong. Her later falling in love with a guy her age makes it a lot better though, so I might have to give it another try…

  4. Hi April! You found me in the hop and now I found you! 🙂 Great review by the way. You must have great patience to be able to finish this. It does sound "ew." I mean…a 14 year old and an almost 40 guy?? What?? But then…I know some people who have different tastes in guys. And I think, it would have helped if the parents' reaction was more realistic. Instead of encouraging her to develop her feelings for the teacher, they should've encouraged her to find someone her age. It works that way. You mentioned she has an odd way of speaking…maybe it's because that she's odd herself. Her parents are wereowls too? If so, yep, language is bound to become odd. Great honest review!

  5. Audrey; (AyC) says:

    Wow, the premise is really…odd. Wereowls? I think that's kind of pushing it, a bit too out there for me, personally. Adding in being a creepy stalker doesn't make it any more appealing :/
    Good review 😀

  6. hmmmmmmmm

    i'm going to say thanks for the heads-up 😉
    and, uh, ew, too.
    haha

    great blog!!

  7. Precious says:

    Hi April! I have a blog award for you here: http://shusky20.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-awards.html

  8. I love that you made this post unintentionally owl themed 'Anyhoo' and talking about your tweets. Ugh I am so tired of books that try to convince you stalking is true love, but points of originality in making the stalker a girl I guess (still creepy, we do not need gender equality in stalking).

  9. This sounds somewhat odd and disgusting. Great critical review.

  10. Kathleen says:

    I'm not sure I can handle a book where a human turns into a "stalker" owl…LOL. But I have to admit that the author had an original premise!

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