Book Review: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

I joined the Mom Advice Book Club on Facebook.  If you haven’t read Amy’s blog, she has great book reviews and book suggestions.

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston was the book club read for April.

I’ll be honest, this was the first book suggestion that was a fail for me.

The story follows Hermione Winters, an upcoming high school senior in a small, Canadian town.  Hermione is a cheerleader, which is the only important sport in her small town.  The story starts when she and the 17 other cheerleaders (including 6 boys) are at cheer camp for two weeks.

The first 40 pages of this book were excruciating for me because they simply covered the drama of cheer camp.   I was never a cheerleader in high school; I wasn’t friends with cheerleaders, and this world is something that doesn’t interest me at all.  Still, I kept reading because I knew the book was supposed to be good.

After page 40, the main event of the story occurs–Hermione is handed a drink while at a dance at cheer camp.  The drink has been spiked; Hermione is raped and left unconscious at the lake.

I expected the book to really pick up in pace at this point, but Hermione is well-adjusted and able to handle the attack without much difficulty.  After awhile, I simply kept reading the book just to see who the perpetrator was.

This book felt to me like the author had an agenda and just wanted to get through a check list of what might happen after this type of attack.  I didn’t find this book inspiring or riveting.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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