First Chapter Review: Spider Brains by Susan Wingate


The first chapter of Spider Brains by Susan Wingate was sent to me by the author’s publicist.


BLURB: Susie Speider has big troubles. She suffers from A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder). Her future now lies in the cold, calloused palm of her gnarly teacher’s hand–a, one, Ms. Morl-son–and Susie fears she won’t get into college. But when a small black arachnid bites her on the finger, Susie’s nights transform into fantastical adventures. The problem? Susie fig-ures out the dreams are REAL! So, she ups the ante by visiting Morlson nightly…

…AS THE SPIDER! (And on the back of Delilah, her pussy cat ☺)

Through it all, Susie must come to terms with the death of her father. While Matt Ryder, the geeky neighbor boy, deals with the loss of his own mother.

COVER: Very neat. You have the main character, the setting, and the spider tie-in all together. Love how Susie is not looking straight, but somewhere off camera.

FIRST CHAPTER: In a rambling first person narrative, Susie talks all about school, her nerdy word-loving personality, her mom, the death of her dad, and the night she got bit by a spider.

KEEP READING: Definitely.  I like unique characters and Susie fits that bill. Though I have to admit I found the rambling narrative a bit nagging, it stays true to this character’s psychological make up, so it works. And what’s better is that she’s hilarious. Suddenly some random thought pops into her head and she blurts it out, moving the reader in a new direction for a few moments before bringing them back to what she was saying earlier. There are times when she sounds younger than a sophomore in high school, but I remember being that age where you’re still straddling the line between kid and young adult, which creates confusion.  Susie feeling like a nerd and not fitting in well will help many readers relate to her plight, and there’s an air of mystery about the spider bite and what it means for her. I also appreciated the inside details, like a photo of Susie on the first page and the spider web drawings that start and end the chapter. Based upon some of the words and topics discussed, I would say this book is for older teens and up.

I look forward to discovering more of Susie’s story.

File Size: 1365 KB
Publisher: Astraea Press (March 25, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

BN ID: 2940016190914
Publisher: Astraea Press
Publication date: 3/26/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook

I received the first chapter of this book from the author’s publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.


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