Shaken is a young adult short adventure story about 3 teens before, during and after a major earthquake. Each has their own issues same as most teens, the biggest quake to hit the states presents them with new issues to deal with. Combine these and you have a story that grabs you.
The author does a great job with the characters, well fleshed out no issues there. The quake could well have been substituted for any other disaster the characters are the focus here. Those looking for a good clean safe read for kids will like this one. No potty language (okay two words), no acts that are too over the top that a teen couldn’t read it.
My own personal issue with the book was the language used. Very, very unrealistic I don’t know any teens that speak the way these kids do. Perhaps in the 70′s but today’s kids don’t even in thought use the word courting. Yeah it’s dating, hanging out, seeing each other etc etc but courting went out about 50 years ago. Also who the hell says I bonked my noggin? I mean clean read okay but these are so over the top it’s beyond realistic. Zombie Apocalypse is more likely to break out than a teen to say that his step dad courted his mom.
Also who’s point of view is this from?
Mom and Dad made a quick run to the nearest grocery store for supplies, leaving Natalie to look after her little sister.
I liked the story, I liked the characters. I had issue with the way the characters spoke from time to time. The point of view issue was only the once that I noticed but stuck out for me so much so that I made it a point to mark a place so I could reference it in my review.
What worked was the story. I don’t read super fast but breezed through this one and enjoyed it. The story kept me interested as well as the characters. I’d recommend this book for those into disaster, YA and those in particular looking for something “safe” for their kid to read. Granted that’s subjective but my personal view is that it is.