Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington

The Diary of Pelly DThe Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Toni V is a teenager working for the City Five demolition crew. While drilling through concrete he unearths a battered water can containing a parcel wrapped in faded brown paper. Though he's supposed to turn over anything he salvages, Toni V smuggles the package back to his room, unwraps it, and finds a notebook.

This is the diary of Pelly D. It's totally secret, so if you're reading it I hate you already.

Toni V figures there's no harm in paging through it since he doesn't even know this Pelly D.

I'm not being arrogant. That's just the way it is at school. . . . I'm Pelly D. It's pretty simple. I RULE!

The more Toni V reads, the more he thinks Pelly D is rich, stupid, and petty. Yet he can't help starting to care for her, especially as her words slowly reveal the chilling state of her world.

I know it doesn't matter what gene tag you have -- Mum's made that clear again & again like a stuck CD. It's just . . . How can I face everyone at school if . . .

What happened to Pelly D? Toni V needs to know. And he has one clue:

Dig -- dig everywhere.

This was a good read recommended to me by my 14 year old daughter. She did a book report on it for school. Yes it reads a lot like The Diary of Anne Frank but it focuses on a new generation.

In the future the human species has ventured out into space and found life on a new planet. They have also recreated humanity in a test tube. We follow the life of a young somewhat spoiled teenage girl from normal everyday life through the tragedy of a holocaust of her type of human in a world originally created to prevent prejudice and racism. It really is a thought provoking peek into human beings.

Glad that dd recommended it to me and glad that I took the time to read it.

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