Tangerine

Tangerine

Coltin Bowerman, Student Contributor

I enjoyed the book Tangerine quite well. It is a book of mystery, action and drama. This is the first book of Edward Bloor’s that I read. I like that the author describes details very clearly throughout the book. The reason that I picked up this book was because of the book cover. It has a kid with goggles on knocking a soccer ball away from the net with his eyes closed. This intrigued me because I play/love sports, and most of the books I read are sport-related books. Plus, I used to play soccer when I was young, so I picked this book up and started reading it. Yes, the book is partly about Paul and his passion for soccer, but that is not the main point of the story.
The main reason that I really got in-tuned with the book so well is because at the beginning of the book I could relate to the main character Paul well. He has to move to a new place, and he really does not want to go. He has friends in Houston, and he has made a lot of memories there. In the 7th grade, I had to move from Charleston to Alma, and I really did not want to do that. All my friends were in Charleston, and I had spent most of my life in Charleston. So I could understand what Paul was going through.
I like the main conflict of the book. It is that Paul is legally blind, and he does not remember exactly how he became that way, but he knows and remembers that it was not always that way. So throughout the book, the mystery unravels, and he finds out how his eyesight became so bad. And actually, his big brother, who is the bad guy in the book, tells him the truth. The most memorable scene in the book, for me, is when part of Paul’s school falls into a sinkhole and Paul and his best friend Luis helped some of his classmates get out. I just thought that this scene was crazy. I think kids who enjoy mystery books would enjoy this book. I liked the book Tangerine by Edward Bloor a lot.