I Was a Teenage Weredeer
by C.T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus
Got deer? Jane Doe does. WEREDEER, at least. ‘Cause that’s what she is—a Weredeer: one who is a bout to get in a world of trouble. That’s because her best friend’s sister is murdered right off the bat, and worst of all, her brother is the primary suspect in the supposed ‘occult’ killing. What Jane will soon discover, however, is that this isn’t a typical murder—not by a longshot—and that Bright Falls, the town she has lived and grown up in her whole life, will be anything but Bright.
I’ll admit that I was initially drawn to I Was a Teenage Weredeer by its gorgeous cover, but I was initially concerned by the tone. Weredeer is, in a word, very lighthearted—at least, most of the time. The protagonist is somewhat bubbly, very funny, a self-described ‘rude person’ at times, and has a tendency to make deer puns often (though she claims it’s a part of her DNA.) However, as I was swept along within Jane’s adventure, I soon found that the lightheartedness was a smokescreen for a much darker tale, one that kept me reading consistently during one of the worst book slumps I’ve ever had.
I am extremely happy to state that Weredeer is one of my favorite young-adult books I’ve read in a long time. It’s dark, funny, dramatic (both in the good and bad sense,) and holds your attention the entire way through. It is, in a word, deerlightful. And yes, I just used a deer pun to describe it.
Reviewer's Note: I received a free copy of this novel for review.