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Life in a Fishbowl

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Quirky terminal-illness tale mixes right to die, reality TV.

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Definitely 13 and uo

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Author Len Vlahos puts a fiendish twist on this terminal-illness story, offering mature readers a lot to think about issues like life coming to an end, reality shows, and lots more. Life in a Fishbowl balances funny and heartbreaking in an effective satire of reality TV that doesn't make light of the end-of-life issues. The many quirky, colorful characters (mostly adults) take turns narrating. Vlahos handles the many points of view well, and the technique adds to the suspense by moving the story along. There isn't really one main character to focus on, but all the characters are memorable. Glio is certainly one of the most brilliantly insidious villains ever. Jackie, Hazel, and Max are easy to relate to and root for. Have a hankie nearby for the bittersweet ending.

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