Publisher's Note:  

Wilderness Survival Tip #1
Drinking your own sweat will not save your life. Somebody might have told you that, but they were trying to find out if you'd really do it.

Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors—but that doesn't make him a wuss. Skinny nerd? Fine. But wuss is a little harsh. Sadly, his dad doesn't agree. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp.

Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the "camp director" is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood...

Wilderness Survival Tip #2
In case of an avalanche, don't despair. You're doomed, but that's a wicked cool death.

Wilderness Survival Tip #3
If you're relying on this book for actual survival tips, you're dead already.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sourcebooks Fire


I Have a Bad Feeling About This

by Jeff Strand

Review Date:
01/01/2015

Recommended Age:
12+

Overall Rating:
****

Profanity / Language Rating:
***

Violence / Gore Rating:
****

Sex / Nudity Rating:
**

Overall Review:  

Author Jeff Strand, best known for his horror and humor, discards the horror and plays straight into the humor with his latest young adult novel, I Have a Bad Feeling About This. Told through a third person point of view, Strand introduces readers to protagonist Henry and his renegade crew of misfit camp buddies. What the characters lack in the looks, bravery, and performance department, the book more than makes up for in the high octane comedy and playful portrayal of teens in a very dangerous situation. The readers are introduced to a number of characters during the novel, each having unique exterior qualities but not quite separate personality traits leaving each character running together into one individual. Quick-paced, the book goes back and forth between the past events that happened at camp, and the present day characters attending a movie premiere. Complete with gangsters, guns, and girls (well at least one girl), the novel is perfect for the average tween/teen boy looking for a laugh-out-loud comedy. Despite the fact that the Hunger Games is referenced to a few times throughout the book, with its slap stick shenanigans and amusing dialogue, the novel is more comparable to the Home Alone franchise rather than the girl on fire. There is no deep thinking or intriguing plot to be had here, just a humorous representation of preposterous events, fulfilling the sole purpose to entertain its reader.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  6 religious exclamations; 6 mild obscenities; 6 anatomical terms.

 

Violence/Gore:  Character watches video in which a smaller kid knocks out a much bigger child (comical portrayal); drill sergeant acts in a threatening manner towards teen-aged children; brief non-descriptive scene in which a character accidentally injures an animal, blood mentioned; character is threatened with death by another character; report of violence in a movie; character accidentally injures hand on sharp object; character is threatened with fire (humorous); brief non-descriptive scene, character is shot dead; character twists another character's arm behind his/her back; few brief scenes (about 4) in which characters are shot at, no injuries; characters fight one another (comical); character threatens to shoot another character with a paint ball gun; extended scene (about 1 page) character attacks another character; few scenes (about 2) character threatens to kill character's friend ; extended scene (about 1.5 pages) descriptive scene involving a character hitting another character in the head with a solid object; character is threatened verbally; character tackles another character; character injures arm, non-life threatening; extended scene (about 1 page) character thinks about injuring other characters, threatens them with violence; extended scene (about 2 pages) characters attack other characters hitting them with objects; character threatens to break character's neck; character is accidentally shot with an arrow; character is knocked unconscious; extended scene (about 1.5 pages) characters engage in physical violence (biting, hitting, and choking); extended scene (about 2 pages), characters attack one another (punching, head-butting); extended scene (about 1 page) characters watch a violent scene in a movie (explosions, gunfire, blood).

 

Sex/Nudity: Teen uses sexual reference slang, “jump him”; few scenes (about 5) in which teen characters hug and kiss.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Teen witnesses murder, kidnapping/hostage situation.

 



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Mention of adult keeping whiskey in personal desk.

 



Reviewed By MaryLou
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