Series: Antsy Bonano Novels
Book Order: The Schwa Was Here* (1), Antsy Does Time* (2)
* indicates a book I have read
Every once in a while a book is so good that I don't want to read it's sequel. Something in me insists that the book shouldn't even have a sequel because the first one was so enjoyable that I can't fathom another book following it. But every once in a while, I end up very glad that certain books do have sequels, because every once in a while book two is undoubtedly good enough to share a shelf with its predecessor. Such was the case with Neal Shusterman's novel Antsy Does Time, the sequel to The Schwa Was Here.
I can't really pick which of these two Shusterman novels I like better, but for those that enjoyed The Schwa Was Here, don't hesitate to dive into Antsy Does Time. Shusterman does a terrific job capturing the voice of a teenage narrator. Where the first book introduced Antsy, this book has him growing up a bit and it was great to watch his character develop further and see the seriousness behind his sarcasm.
Do you ever put off reading books based on your expectations of them? Has a book ever really surprised you by being way better (or way worse) than you predicted?