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The serpent king : a novel di Jeff Zentner
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The serpent king : a novel (edizione 2016)

di Jeff Zentner

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The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.
Titolo:The serpent king : a novel
Autori:Jeff Zentner
Info:New York : Crown, 2016.
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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner is the story of three misfit teens growing up in a small town in the south. Travis would rather stay in his fantasy world based on his favorite book. He dresses in black, wears a dragon head necklace and carries a wooden staff. He has an abusive father who can’t stand that Travis is alive while his older brother died in Afghanistan. Dill is facing a bleak future and can’t see a way out for himself. He and his mother struggle to make ends meet. His father was a fundamentalist lay preacher who handled snakes but was sent to prison for the possession of child pornography. Lydia is an unusual free spirited girl. She comes from a wealthy family and is an up and coming fashion blogger who doesn’t fit in with most of the other teens in town but sees through the pain and darkness to the potential in both boys. Unfortunately in this, their senior year, only Lydia is able to make plans for university.

The story is told in alternative chapters, from Lydia, Dill and Travis’s point of view. The main thrust of the story is about the friendship between these three who, even though there are misunderstandings, tears and hidden feelings for each other, have a unique bond. This is also a coming-of-age story about experiencing a tragedy and learning how to move on.

The story moved slowly and at times I contemplated giving up on it but I am glad that I stuck with it. The Serpent King is a story of heartbreak and tragedy, but it is also one of hope, faith and how friendship can be both life affirming and life changing. I found it to be a creative and emotional but I personally would have liked to have seen it edited down about 50 – 80 pages. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 24, 2021 |
teen fiction/friendship, grief, and romance in small town Tennessee--Dill, the son of religious cult leader (with whom he shares the same name, and who was famously imprisoned for child porn), and his outcast friends Travis (fantasy novel geek with drunk/abusive dad) and Lydia (fashion blogger wanting to get into NYU) each deal with their own personal dilemmas during their senior year of high school in Forrestville, TN.
The full cast audio is nicely done ([a:Michael Crouch|838493|Michael Crouch|], [a:Ariadne Meyers|355312|Ariadne Meyers|], and [a:Ethan Sawyer|5770243|Ethan Sawyer|] all do a great job) though I keep getting disappointed when Dill's character doesn't actually sing on the audio. Oh well. A pretty decent debut novel with a plot that maybe can't quite decide what sort of story it wants to tell. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This is a good read for teens, but I enjoyed it as an adult and recommend it for both age groups. It deals with a lot of real life issues—being poor; being one of those kids wrapped up in a fantasy book or series that makes you look weird to the popular crowd; having parents that don't protect you like they should; making decisions for your future; friendships; gun violence; being unpopular; depression; death and more. Even though there are so many great YA books out now, something about this felt unique to me. I believe I may have dropped a tear or two. I definitely felt emotional.
The story is about three outcasts, best friends, high school seniors. They are trying to make it though some tough life situations and find their future selves. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
I had this book for a year and a half from an owlcrate subscription book. I also don't understand why it took me so much time to read. Thanks, Julie, from pages & pens and Chelsea from Chelseadollingreads.
A book with fantastic writing and even better friendships. This book had physical and verbal abuse. It is a story of seniors in a small town in Tennessee. Well, the truth I thought this book would be more Christian, but the truth, I was surprised that it had little to with it. Please read the book without knowing a lot. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
I know that I will read everything, Jeff Zentner will write. It a fantastic debut novel; it is the first time I want to read the book as soon as I finished it. But I want to read the paperback with the quote on the cover, and this time I will annotate this book while rereading for the second time. ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Nov 6, 2020 |
I read this in print. In and out, till I didn't put it down (about 60-100%). I really cared for this trio. Though they were all extraordinary, they also ring very true.

Basically, I loved it.
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
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The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.

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