Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie

Reason for Reading: Chris recommended it to me, New Author Challenge.
A MOTHER WHO split for another man.

A father who works 24/7.

An older brother who excels at everything—and smokes a lot of weed.

A best friend, of the feminine persuasion, who only wants to be a friend, and who’s shooting a film set in cool Greenwich Village, New York.

Dylan Fontaine’s life seems to be full of drama he can’t control. But when he stars in his best friend’s movie, Dylan discovers that, sometimes, life’s big shake-ups force you to take risks—and to step into the spotlight.
Title and author of book: The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie

Fiction or non-fiction? Genre? Young Adult Fiction.

What led you to pick up this book? As I said above, Chris recommended it to me.

Summarize the plot, but don’t give away the ending! See above...

What did you like most about the book? The whole idea behind it. Dylan had been leading a life where he was sort of in the background. Things were not perfect for him, but he has the chance to star in his friends movie and he starts to evolve. He becomes someone who is more in control of his life and his choices. He does things that he never even would have considered before. It makes him a refreshing character! While I wouldn't recommend everything he does to everyone, it was fun to read about!

What did you like least? There is nothing really wrong with this book. It was one of my favourite reads of the month I read it during and I am very glad that Chris brought it to my attention!

Have you read any other books by this author? What did you think of those books? Nope!

What did you think of the main character? Dylan was a well-written character and he told his story well. He was far from perfect, but he was believable. It made for a refreshing read!

What about the ending? It had a good ending! I didn't have any complaints that I can recall at this time!

A recommended read!

Other Reviews:

Becky's Book Reviews: "I know I can't do it justice. It's one of those books that you'll just have to discover for yourself. But I can try. The writing, the characterization, everything is just so so so good."

Big A little a: "The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine is a quick read, but one with lasting impact. Dylan is a normal kid with interests in music, sports, and art--"an ordinary dude...taking a few chances, finding humor in the world, and discovering who he is." Highly recommended."

Hope's Bookshelf: "I can't even describe to you how much I loved this book. April Lurie has described the life of a teenager excatly how some of us feel."

Stuff As Dreams Are Made On...: "I’m finding that I have very few words to describe how I feel about this book. To put it shortly, it’s amazing!"

Anyone else?


  1. This sounds like a good one! I'll be looking for it at the library.

  2. This one went on my Wishlist when Chris reviewed it as well!

  3. I really like your format for reviews here. I love that others comment on them and give their own mini-reviews as well.

    Perhaps one day you can review MY book!


    Terry Tibke

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  5. You read it! You read it! And you liked it! Yay :D So glad you enjoyed it...I hope this book gets bigger and bigger. It deserves a wider audience than it has!

  6. This is definitely a book I want to read!

  7. Glad you enjoyed this one!

  8. Kate: I hope you enjoy it!

    Bart: It was really good! I hope you enjoy!

    Terry: Anything is possible. :)

    Chris: Well, it is one of the books for our YA challenge, so it should, right!

    Ana and Tink: I think you both would enjoy it!


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