Friday, August 8, 2008

Heck:Where the Bad Kids Go Dale E. Basye

Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye. I saw this book right before I want on vacation and it was instant like. The cover is perfect. The cover art depicts the Fauster siblings just as Bayse intended. Milton is the younger brother who likes to stay out of trouble. Marlo is a kleptomaniac and proud of it. The story begins will Milton and Marlo running from mall security after Marlo stole an oar. In their escape attempt the two are killed by a marshmallow bear explosion and sent to Heck. "Heck is an otherworldly reform school." "Where the souls of the darned toil for all eternity or until they turn eighteen, whichever comes first." Milton's ethnic class is taught in room 1972 by Nixon. His gym teacher is Blackbeard.
If anyone belongs in Heck its Marlo. Milton however has a clean record except for right before the marshmallow bear accident, when his sister tricked him into stealing make up. Now the Fauster kids are trying to find a way out of Heck. This part of the story reminded me a lot of Hellbent by Anthony McGowan which I loved as well. Milton is determined to prove he doesn't belong in Heck. Bea "Elsa" Bubb the schools principal will not allow this. Bayse writing is perfectly fun and entertaining. I enjoy a good play on words but sometimes authors can over do it to the point of annoyance. Bayse play on words is spot on. I had a difficult time deciding what to share.
"Behind them a full bodied mall security guard lumbered in hot pursuit. Another chunky style defender of mall law soon joined him, slurping down a smoothie."
"Bea "Elsa" Bubb's office and its owner both exuded a distinctive odor, part mothballs, part rosewater, part distinctive, part sour milk, part menthol rub, with a sharp undercurrent somewhere between vomit and neglected cat box. "
Marlo and Milton are very likable characters. Though this novel is filled with funny, there are moments that will make a reader pause to think about life and for that reason I believe Heck would make an interesting book club selection for a boy/girl book group. I loved and highly recommend Heck.

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