Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Gil Marsh (ARC) ~ A.C.E. Bauer
Author: A.C.E. Bauer
Publication: February 28, 2012
By: Random House Books for Young Readers
*It's always a struggle for me whenever I have to write a less than favorable review because I know the author has poured their heart into their work and I don't like to be the one to say I didn't like it. However, I do believe in giving my honest opinion and I will do my best to share it while being respectful of both the author and their work.
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for the chance to read this book.
The cover is what originally caught my attention and made me want to read this story but unfortunately, that's where my interest ended.
This is a modern day retelling of the story of Gilgamesh, the Sumerian King from 3000 BC. Gil Marsh the reinging "top dog" at school quickly befriends the new kid, Enko after realizing being rivals with him is a waste of time. The speed at which they become BFF's is almost unbelievable (who becomes friends that fast?) and a little unsettling. I started to feel as if I was reading about two guys who'd fallen in love with one another instead of two guys who'd become as close as brothers.
After Enko's untimely death, Gil isn't sure what the purpose of life is anymore. He sets out on a journey with the hope that in finding Enko again, he'll ultimately find himself in the process.
I'm sorry to say that I had a hard time reading the rest of this book because I found it to be dry and boring. Hopefully, there will be other readers who will thoroughly enjoy this book but I am not one of them.