The Friday 56: The Serpent King

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“Al Gore was parked in the rear of the lot, Lydia’s preferred spot for quick after-school escapes. She even had a track of fast banjo music that she played on her iPod for these getaways.”

Every once in a while you come across a book that everybody loves and you end up not loving so much. Jeff Zentner’s debut novel The Serpent King was that book for me. Overall, I thought it was a good book (I ended up giving it three stars), but I wasn’t in love with the characters and found it largely underwhelming. Al Gore, in this except, refers to a car btw, not the former vice president. You can read my review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. The end of high school will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is happy wherever he is thanks to his obsession with the epic book series Bloodfall and the fangirl who may be turning his harsh reality into real-life fantasy. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia—neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending—one that will rock his life to the core.”

**Side Note: There are only two days left to sign up for the Comment Challenge for the month of June. We’re pairing bloggers together every month to comment on each other’s blogs. If you’re interested, you can find all the info here. The final day to sign up is the 21st. **

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