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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater


Rating: 4-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one..." [+ More]


This is one of those books where is better not to say much God forbid you offend someone. I found it interesting that some people out there consider themselves neither female not male but just a being. Well, I understand that but, when it comes to having sex, you will have to have sex as a gender. So if you are agender, what are you when having sex? Female for a bit and then change to male? Hmmm... confusing.

So here we have Sasha, a teenager who considers himself or herself to be agender Then Sasha has an accident on the 57 Bus and the kid who causes it goes to jail.

I won't say more not to spoil the plot. I found this book was more about how an agender person feels  and how the system treats some teenagers that get in trouble. Unfortunately, I never felt sorry for Richard. As explained in this book, it wasn't about who did what to Sasha but the state of mind of Richard when he did it. If it goes to that, then every teenager (and every person) who does something is in some type of state of mind when they do it. Is that an excuse for what they do?

So I think this book is more about trying to teach you a little bit about this new agender and pansexual thing that is going on today. I guess some people might really be born this way (not feeling sexual or romantic desire either way or toward any gender), others... I feel like promiscuity makes them claim these status (like Miley Cyrus). I don't really need a label to have sex with whoever I want to have sex.

Anyway, it was an interesting book.