Tournament of Books, Round 2: The Haters vs. The Passion of Dolssa

24 Feb

tournamentofbooks2017The Haters

Jazz Camp. It’s just as exciting as it sounds. Friends Corey and Wes are music aficionados; so much that they take pleasure in hating on any kind of music, which also includes jazz. Hating on things is just a pastime for these guys. Enter Ash, one of the few girls at jazz camp. She throws everyone at camp for a loop when she refuses to play along with the band she is assigned to. The guys like her immediately, so they decided to jam together. They like what they hear and decide to ditch camp in the middle of the night without telling anyone, and also ditching their phones. With no way for anyone to get in contact with them they embark on their own makeshift summer tour.

A lot of growth happens for the main character Wes. He starts off kind of lame, but as he tours with his bandmates, he begins to see that maybe there is a little more to life that hating on everything all the time. I know I should be surprised by the amount of hate going on in a book called The Haters, but it was actually kind of exhausting reading all that hate. It was an interesting journey and I loved the part where they were staying at the producer’s house before their show at the legendary Crossroads. This just really wasn’t my cup of tea. I think if I were more familiar with a broader spectrum of music I would have appreciated this book more, too.

As it is, I just found it to be an OK book. Pretty cool if you like (ALL FORMS OF) music, and it could be funny at times. Also, was not a fan of the format; it couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a script or a novel. I think the author was trying for a semi-diary format, but it didn’t really work for me. 3 stars.

The Passion of Dolssa

Taking place mostly in the 1200s in France and Spain, this book alternates between the characters, Botille (a matchmaker), Lucien (an inquisitor with the church), and Dolssa. Dolssa is labeled as a heretic because she claims to speak often with her beloved Jhesus, whom she says she knows as a bridegroom to his bride. This infuriates the church and she is locked up, but escapes. She is found by Botille and hidden away in her village. She’s not hidden for long, however, when miracles start happening and people begin telling tales of a healer named Dolssa. Word gets back to the inquisitor, and he narrows his search to Botille’s village. Can she and her family keep her safe or will she be captured!?

This book is so well-written. It’s one of those stories that sticks with you and you find yourself thinking about it during the whole day. The characters are well-formed and their arcs hold your interest. It is fast-paced, too. 4.5 stars.

The Winner?

Not to hate on The Haters, but I think Dolssa was just a much better written novel. Even though it takes place in the 1200’s the characters are so much more relatable than a car full of kids pretending to be a band. The story flowed better in Dolssa, too. Dolssa FTW!

Kristin Anderson is a Youth Services Librarian at Bloomingdale Public Library. She likes anything and everything kitties and Skyrim….b/c you can be a kitty in Skyrim. Oh!….and Star Wars…and Battlestar Galactica….and…Comic Book Movies….and…

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