Monday, January 24, 2011

Debugging Tori Redding; Jason Ancona

Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 21, 2010)


Fed up with her peers and their loose morals, Tori starts a new school program, the Not So Fast Club, a group dedicated to persuading teens not to be in such a rush to grow up.
A severe toothache interrupts her plan, sending her to the dentist, where she's given an emergency root canal. During the surgery, she's electrocuted and ends up blacking out.

When she awakes, her brain has the ability to function like a computer. Tori uses her new skills and aggressive personality to charge up the club.
Hated by the entire school, she discovers that NSF now stands for: Narcs Suck Farts. Game on. Tori memorizes every school rule, issuing tickets for every little infraction.
After a serious crime occurs, Tori must use her talents to save a life, all while trying to free herself from her mind.

My Review

I'd be stupid to pass up a chance to read anything by Jason Ancona.  I read Covert Youth Agency (C.Y.A) by Jason Ancona a little while back and since I loved that one I could never pass up Debugging Tori Redding.

    Jason is the master with conversational banter. I normally don't laugh out loud while reading books but I just couldn't help it.  He really has an honest way with conversations. I think that's what separates his from the rest. I also could relate to every character. Let's be real here and admit a lot of times the smaller characters get swallowed by the plot and are forgotten by time the next chapter rolls around. That is not the case with Debugging Tori Redding.

   Tori was badass. It was incredible the way she just blasted and laid it out to people. People who were her peers and she didn't even so much as blink a eye. With Tori's loss of her mother she was in a sea of confusion and anger. With no one to throw her a life vest Tori was on her own mission to save those who wanted to have a chance to keep their innocence and realize there is plenty of time to grow up there shouldn't be a rush. Tori was self destructive but it was more of a cry for attention.

  There was a lot going on in Debugging Tori Redding. It was adventurous, real and mind consuming.  I can see how Debugging Tori Redding would appeal to guys as well.  The sensation of a more abrupt ending left me with a ton of questions. Ok, I need to reword this. It's not that it didn't have a closed ending but it didn't end smoothly. It left some gaps in the story which I needed to have better closure.   I do recommend Debugging Tori Redding.  I'm still a fan and loving Jason Ancona's writing style.

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the sequel is coming out later this year.



Shannon O'Donnell said...

My TBR list loves you, Liz! My budget, however, does not. LOL. :-)

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

I haven't read either of his books. I will definitely have to look into them! Thanks!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

hmm... Not sure if this one is for me, however, I love a badass girl. I admit the synopsis didn't interest me, but your review did. Will keep this one in mind! Thanks for the review.

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Interesting! I always chuckle at what must have been an "aha" moment for an author, like, where was he when he thought, "Hmm... toothache... electrocution... computer brain!" :) Your review makes it sound interesting, worth finding. :)

GMR said...

Hmm, not certain this one is for me, but the lead character does sound pretty formidable there after her little brain juice up. Thanks for sharing!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hi, Liz! I have an award for you! :-)

Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

interesting book! sounds cool... Thanks for the review!

I love the image of the girl on the cover... freaky..

brizmus said...

I feel like it takes an amazing author to master conversational banter. I've never heard of this author, but I'll be sure to keep my eyes open for him!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

nice review. I love when authors do dialogue well because it's some of my favorite parts in a novel.


Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

I'll have to read both of his books. I love banter!

Juju at Tales of said...

Ooooo I gotta check this author out :)