October 5th, 2009

Jo Knowles writes the truth

On Saturday night, I picked up Jo Knowles' Jumping Off Swings. I only intended to read for 20 minutes. An hour and a half later, I had to force myself to put the book down. I finished the rest in one gulp on Saturday.

I write entertainment. Jo Knowles writes the truth.

Jumping Off Swings is about what happens when a high school girl gets pregnant after a one-night stand (more like a five-minute stand). The choices she made and makes affect her, the father of the child, and their friends. The book is told from their alternating first-person points of view. It made me cry. I think many girls and women can relate to Ellie, who is looking for love but finds sex instead. And I think guys could relate to Josh, who isn't a jerk, but instead trying to figure out what it means to be a man.

I understand there have been some challenges to the book. I am unhesitatingly giving this to my 14 year old.

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No accounting for tastes - Flash Forward

I had really looked forward to Flash Forward.

Then I DVRed the first two episodes. Logic has completely gone out the window, and not in cool Lost way, either. The first episode showed amazing devastation along LA's freeways. All the cars had crashed because everyone in the world blacked out for a few minutes at the same time.

But the hospitals weren't overwhelmed. In fact, by the end of the day, the doctors were walking down a quiet hall and drinking lattes. Hey, if the swine flu can cause hospitals in Texas to set up tents, I don't think thousands of car accidents would leave a hospital looking pretty much unscathed a few hours later. It would be chaos. I used to work at a hospital and no way do I buy that.

It got worse in the second episode. Some bad guy rigged an abandoned doll factory to play "It's a small world after all" when an intruder tripped a sensor. And all these scary broken dolls started rotating on wires. Cool looking. But REALLY? If I were a bad guy, I would want a silent alarm.

Plus, the surgeon mom keeps talking about how horrible and busy it is at work, but she has plenty of time to take off and visit her FBI husband at work AND to stitch up her daughter's torn toy.

Teen and I looked at each other and mutually decided that it was not worth watching any more - and we had really wanted to like it.

But Variety reports, "Confirming its status as one of the hottest fall TV rookies in and outside the U.S., Disney's sci-fi mystery drama "FlashForward" has sold in more than 100 territories worldwide."

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