Save the Lemmings by Kai Strand is a wonderful young readers book about a teenage inventor, Natalie. She’s not exactly a social misfit, but Natalie lives in her own well pressed, pastel and pleated world. She’s very bright and loves to tinker around and invent things. She’s been working on a special item, the Texty-Talky. The device is an overnight sensation.
Suddenly, Natalie finds her life spinning out of control. Everyone wants interviews, commercials and a piece of the multi-million pie. All Natalie wants is to get on with her life and spend time with her friends.
Unfortunately, a nasty practical joke turns Natalie into a media sensation. The press have a heyday, and everyone shuns her. It’s at that time that Natalie decides to take control of her life once more and faces adversity head on.
Natalie Isabelle Cailean Edwards (N.I.C.E.) is a sweet, caring person. She’s also naïve and doesn’t see the bad things in someone’s character. That gets her into trouble when she trusts the wrong person. We’ve all known someone like Natalie, generous, friendly, flighty and trusting. She’s so perfect, it’s a little disgusting, and she has no idea that she’s completely clueless.
However, there is a strength in Natalie that no one realized was there, including Natalie herself. She faces the problems that invade her life and confronts them with great ingenuity. She perseveres and takes her life back.
I loved this book. It is more than a story about one girl’s success and adversity. It is a true social commentary without being a social commentary. Everything that Natalie goes through is completely believable. Similar things happen all the time. A person makes one judgement error and instead of being America’s Darling, she becomes a social pariah. Even the people she most loves and trusts lose faith in her, but she gets it back.
5 Golden Acorns!
© 2013 Dellani Oakes