Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Henry Circle's The Homeschoolers: The Ballad of Squirtina Is Certainly A Book That Packs In a Great Story

After finishing The Homeschoolers: The Ballad of Squirtina I had to remind myself that it was one book. By the end of Christina’s Begoni’s story I felt I had just finished two books. The book is 56 pages long but in all honestly reads like a 150 paged book because of the cleverly mapped out story by author Henry Circle. I feel anyone who reads Christina’s Begoni’s story will find that it’s hysterically funny with a bit of romance that provides a thriller ending. Henry Circle has managed to provide a story that I would never categorize as thrilling, romantic and funny in the same sentence. I still can’t believe what I just read. The characters are unique and each one conveys individuality that keeps the story going. The beginning of lead character Christina’s story is funny and outrageous and actually leads into a subtle romance that winds up taking the most unpredictable route that would surprise any reader. Homeschoolers has scattered lessons of love, identity, and friendship that I can see satisfying any teen.



"Life is too big to squeeze into a weekend." That's what "half-heathen" public school misfit, Christina Begoni, learns after a bout of Spanish class diarrhea has her escaping into the arms of a holy-rolling homeschool group. With her mustachioed, evil genius brother and cute redneck bully in tow, Christina joins innocent homeschoolers, Sunny and David on a hilarious and often gripping adventure on the Mississippi River. Experience the thrill and romance of the never-ending weekend with The Homeschoolers.

Christina will absolutely take readers on an adventure. She endures the most embarrassing moment I have ever read in a book before and still manages to joke about it in the end. She seeks refuge from the embarrassment by requesting to be homeschooled. After her mom dismisses her request I love that she asks Christina to convince her. It’s a simple sentence in the story but to me has a lot of power because the mother is shown as a parent who is willing to listen to her daughter’s plea. Christina is given a trial homeschooling period for the summer that provides the perfect setting for her high anxiety affection for David. Her thought process is laughable and will make any reader smile.

David’s story is very unique as well. His backstory was original and unexpected and suited the story. His best quality is that he is humble and his values would please any parent. He and his sister Sunny are good influences up until they get Christina into a dangerous predicament. It’s not there fault though. They went into it believing they were doing a good thing. Even though the situation is dangerous Henry Circle managed to add humor to the thrill ride she puts her characters on.

The Homeschoolers: The Ballad of Squirtina starts off as extremely funny and then lures you into a life lesson that Christina is able to identify with. I was impressed how author Henry Circle managed to do all this within 56 pages. You get a lot of story for your buck with this one. Sometimes I read reviews of short stories and the fact that the story was too short is always stated and readers feel unsatisfied. I feel that Homeschoolers has enough to satisfy and wouldn’t cast it away as a short story, maybe more of a novella since the story leads readers to believe that there is more to come from Christina, David and Sunny.

Even though this book has a cast of holy-rolling homeschoolers it still has situations that unsheltered readers will find hysterical. I think both sides of the spectrum will find Henry Circle’s work entertaining. I encourage you to stop by her blog. She herself is very entertaining and has a blog tour coming up that I will be sure to follow so that I can read her character interviews. Even after finishing the book I still want more fun from her characters and want to read more about her as an author. So click her photo to find out more about Henry Circle and her book The Homeschoolers: The Ballad of Squirtina. If this crazy funny read appeals to you then just click the book cover above. Only 99 cents right now through Amazon.   

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