Teen Book Review by G4 (6th Grade)
Teens will love Carl Hiaasen’s latest book, “Squirm”. Anyone who read “Hoot”, “Chomp”, “Flush”, or any of Hiaasen’s other novels will thoroughly enjoy this book. I personally have read “Hoot”, “Chomp”, and “Squirm”, and they are funny with lots of plot twists.
This story is told by Billy Dickens, who is in quite a dysfunctional family. His mom will insist to only live in places where there is an eagle nest, which means they move very frequently. His sister, Belinda, is very critical of Billy’s love of snakes, which includes a poisonous diamondback rattler that he puts in his locker to prevent kids from going in it. His dad is a “Phantom Dad”. He left Billy at 4 years old and he never saw him ever since. He doesn’t know where he lives and what he does for a living. The only reason Billy knows his dad is alive is that he sends checks every month to support his family. One day, Billy flat-out decides he wants to find his father.
This book is funny, mysterious, and is keeping you on the edge of your seat. I like all of these things, but there are a lot of characters, though. However, all of the characters have unique personalities, so this makes the book very interesting. The author uses these characters to perfection. This novel is very entertaining, has a great storyline, and it is one of my favorite books.
(Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars)