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I COULD DO WITHOUT LYDIA–REVIEW: THE SERPENT KING BY JEFF ZENTNER

Title: The Serpent King

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (March 8, 2016)

Rating: 3 stars

Genre: Fiction/YA/Coming of age/Contemporary

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Umm first off, why is this book called The Serpent King? I mean there is barely any mention of snakes and the so called rumor about The Serpent King was in my opinion irrelevant to the story. There was no need for it since it didn’t really help move the story along. But that’s just me nitpicking the title.

Secondly, I don’t like or care for Lydia. She is what one would call a nerd’s wet dream. The thing about Lydia is that she didn’t fit in with this band of misfits. Yes she was ambitious. Yes she was witty and quick with her comebacks. Yes she was a fashionista stuck in this dull ass hick town. Yes she was all these things yet I never understood how she was friends with Dill and Travis. Not only was she embarrassed by them but most of the time she looked and talked down to them. Like she was too good for this town. And I don’t care if she somehow made it up to her friends near the end, it was too late for me. My opinion of you was already cemented. I really just couldn’t stand how she treat her “friends”.

How did I not know that about Travis? How was I so blind? I’m a horrible friend. I should have seen. I should have made Travis feel like he could tell me.

Yes you were horrible. You were so busy putting down your friends and talking shit that you didn’t bother to see what was really going on with your friends. To take the time and understand their circumstance. Nope it was all about you and your damn blog and how you was leaving this shit town.Oh and her relationship with her parents was….well let me say this my mother would never let me talk to her the way Lydia talked with her dad.

Are you seriously saying that living in this shitty town was part of some grand strategy to make me a go getter?

That was part of it. Yes.

Lydia reached out and smacked her dad on the forehead, as if swatting a mosquito

Yeah that type of shit was not happening in my house. Let me smack my mother on the forehead. My fingers would come up missing..lol

As for how the religious were portrayed in this book, I have a problem. Yeah there are actually people like that in the south but it was beyond stereotypical. And I’m what some would call an atheist. I think the author could have did a better job of balancing the good with the bad. Because like I said before, not all religious people are that crazy, that dumb or that bigoted.

Now I know some of ya’ll who have read this book thought it was depressing but I for one thought it was fucked up. I absolutely hated the way the author treated one of the characters in this book. It was sloppy. There was no need in my opinion for the way things were handle. All so the MC could finally grow some balls and become a man and say fuck it. I’m getting out of this crappy town that treats me like shit. I’m going to college and exploring the world beyond my cramp, dank wall to wall bedroom. The main character could have had his ah-ha moment some other way.

So yeah I don’t know if this is a review or more of what I didn’t like about this book. It was decent but I just couldn’t get pass somethings that annoyed me while reading. Besides, I’ve read way better coming of age stories with more in depth characters that didn’t feel flat to me. I just wasn’t emotionally invested in any of these people.

By the way The Serpent King is told from three different POVs. Lydia, Dill and Travis. So if that is not your thing I wouldn’t bother reading. And before I go I could have did without the “romance” if you want to call it that. It didn’t feel authentic and this was just one of those, let put it in there because you know…..teenagers like this sort of thing. Don’t get me wrong. If it was done properly I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

Anyways there you have my sorta review about this sort of good book.

2 thoughts on “I COULD DO WITHOUT LYDIA–REVIEW: THE SERPENT KING BY JEFF ZENTNER

  1. I like your review style! I haven’t read the book, so I cant comment on that. But I can say I love your review! I’m looking forward to reading your next review.

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