Teen SRC 2018 – Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
Weave A Circle Round is a book about a 14 year old girl named Freddy. She just wants get through her high school life but when a pair of reality-disobeying weirdos move in next door, life gets complicated.
This book is certainly strange. It starts like your typical high school drama book, slowly starts to add light mystery and supernatural elements, then completely flips everything on its head by adding something from an entirely different genre without warning! Now, you could see this as a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, this book could sound like it has no sense of direction, but on the other, you could see organised chaos(which I think is what the author was going for). But which hand is the right one, and which one’s the left? In my opinion, both kinds of people should read it.
No matter how you like your books, I think everyone can take something away from Weave A Circle Around. The deeper you go into it, you find out this book is all about that choice of order or chaos. There are two characters that represent this divide and I think they would resonate with anyone, depending on how you live your life.
All in all, Weave A Circle Round is a book about the choices you make in life and how they shape you as a person. Its writing may be a bit cluttered, but I think there is something for everyone. That is why I give this book my rating of: a lollipop with chocolate in the middle/10- its sudden shift in flavour may be jarring to some people, but that just means there’s more to enjoy for every kind of person. Did it spread itself too thin when it tried to appeal to many different people? Maybe, but either way I encourage you to taste it for yourself.