Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

I read this book at a friend’s house. I’m not sure I ever would have read it has not circumstances brought us together.  It manages to be both a young adult novel masquerading as real fiction and a pageturning whodunit.

The young adult aspect stems from the teenage girl protagonist, Blue Van  Meer, and the ridiculous number of pages devoted to Blue hanging out with her cool new friends at her new school.  As much as I like my books thick, this one could have benefited from 80-100 less pages.

But there’s a good story running throughout. One of Blue’s teachers is found dead, and an interesting plot unfolds.

The book has some slow patches, but is a real pageturner eventually.

Grade:C+

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One thought on “Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  1. Though this book was fun, I don’t know why it won awards. But for once I am going to say, the movie is going to be better than the book. Excellent effort that needed a better editor.
    Still a lot of fun for the young adult.

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