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The Only Negative Review
on October 16, 2003
Am I the only person that realizes that this book would be better suited as a short story in a magazine, or perhaps incorporated into "Shadowland"?
I found all of the characters flat and unrealistic, and the plot was somewhat predictable. All in all, it irked me that "Ninth Key" seemed so much like the first book. Suze still is in search of a good boyfriend much to her dismay, and she still poses as a tough girl, with plenty of cursing, although she seems to care an awful lot about her appearance; too much to really make her tough image seem genuine. My favorite part of the first book was the clever portrayals of Suze's stepbrothers, but Doc was the only one that truly played a part in the story, and instead of the funny genius he was in the first book, his personality is more that of a puppy, innocent and naive.
If you're going to read true teen novels I suggest "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" for realistic portraits of teens, or "A Series of Unfortunate Events" for humor.