Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature – Robin Brande

June 7, 2008

I finished Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature a few days ago. It took me a day to read it. Needless to say, I loved it.

It is about a girl, Mena, who is having the worst time of her life. She has been ostracized from her church, barely spoken to by her parents, and lost her friends. The novel starts with a first day of high school: a time known for new beginnings.

Luckily, things begin to look up thanks to Ms. Shepherd, Mena’s crazy science teacher, and her lab partner, Casey Connor (a boy). Alas, new problems arise when Ms. Shepherd begins the evolution section, and class members refuse to believe or be taught the theory.

One of the reasons I loved Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature was that it was SMART. It covered so many topics in just 272 pages. Combining science & religion. Right vs. wrong. Teenage love. I could keep going on and on.

In the book, Casey’s sister’s boyfriend makes t-shirts with the most hilarious one-liners. My favorite: “Gravity Is Just a Theory–Why Won’t They Tell Us the Truth?”

Robin Brande’s Website.

So, readers I have a question for you: what are your beliefs on evolution and/or creationism?