TBR Update: Slave Day by Rob Thomas

Hi All!  It’s Becky, here.  I am a huge fan of Veronica Mars so I was thrilled when I found Slave Day on Edelweiss.  The book is written by the creator of my beloved show so I had high expectation.  Unfortunately, I never got a chance to read the book but five month later I’m finally able to move this book of my TBR shelf.

37512830.jpgTitle: Slave Day
Author: Rob Thomas
Note: I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Every year Robert E. Lee High School has a “Slave Day” auction where students are able to bid on their classmates and teachers to be their slave for a day.  As one student tries to protest the practice because of its racist premise other students spend one day in their new roles and their lives change.

Review: Slave Day has a great premise but it just never works.  The basic idea of how some people don’t understand how traditions may be hurtful is a great lessons however Thomas never really taught that lesson.  Instead, the book has glimpses of how racism is still present in public schools before going straight into cheesey and predictable teen drama.  However, the drama feels horribly wrong because this book is actually a reprint of novel from twenty years ago and we have evolved over the past two decades.  Aspects of this story, especially the way woman are viewed, don’t only feel out of date but feel icky to the point that it is jarring to read.  However, the attitudes in this book are not the only jarring part of the book.  The book’s lack of updates makes it impossible to get fully immersed in the story.  The characters drive cars that haven’t been manufactured in over a decade, they use beepers, and use “the net”.  One has to wonder if the publisher is spending the money to reprint this book why they didn’t take the time to update these details.  Yet, even ignoring the antiquated aspects of this book the story just didn’t work.  There was nothing learned and no impressions left on the reader.  I’m sure this book will appeal to some readers who get a sense of nostalgia from reading it but as someone that was a teen when this book was first released I suggest you reminiscence elsewhere.

Final Rating: 2 out of 5

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