While this book definitely charmed me with its strangeness, it's not for the faint of heart.
I have to say, it took me a while to get into the groove of Charm & Strange, but once I did I was hooked by its increasing mystery and tension.
It tells the story of Andrew Winston Winters, a lonely teen at a boarding school in Vermont, who is grappling with a dark and mysterious past. (I cannot pass up a suspenseful boarding school book!) He is part Win-- the teen at school with no friends, who doesn't like to be touched-- and part Drew-- the angry young boy from his past, who couldn't control his violent impulses.
Bit by bit, his history is revealed, and along with it comes a complicated psychology, dreams of wolves and secrets upon secrets. Tough and poignant all at once, this one is going to stick with me for a long time.
I am an adult services librarian who also wears a teen librarian hat most of the time. I love to read all kinds of books, although I gravitate toward literary fiction, nonfiction books about science or sociology and fantastic teen books of all sorts. Other things I love include my dog, hiking, playing music and trying new recipes.