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The first two novels in Printz winner Aidan Chambers’s Dance Seuence are at last available in a fresh format that will draw teens to these classics of YA literature Literature is crap Fiction is anyway A pretense Ersatz When you read a story you are pretending a lie Morgan  What begins as a game for Ditto the refutation of his friend Mor. Literature is crap Fiction is anyway A pretense Ersatz When you read a story you are pretending a lieI love Aidan Chambers I truly do I m uite excited for the release of his latest novel Dying to Know You which has just been published in Italian However I want to read and review all his books from The Dance Seuence Now I m reuesting them through inter library loans and Breaktime is the first oneBreaktime is a story about two teenage boys Morgan and Ditto One day at recess they have a discussion about fiction and literature Morgan states that fiction is crap a pretense a lie He formulates his Charges Against Literature in which he claims fiction is neat and tidy and well constructed while life is often everything but He accuses his friend Ditto of getting everything he knows about life from books even sexDitto wants to defend literature as something worth reading After his father has a heart attack during one of their fights he decides to go away for a couple of days during half term holidays to sort out his life and gain some hands on experience His goal is to meet Helen the girl he s dreamed of for a while but he also has a couple interesting adventures before that His report of the trip becomes his defense of fiction because Morgan cannot know for sure whether the facts narrated did actually happen or if they were justa figment of Ditto s imaginationI labelled this book as contemporary YA fiction and it was such when it was written in the middle to late Seventies Of course it hasn t become historical fiction since but it s uite evident how life in the Seventies was different from life today and not only for teenagers Ditto needs to find a telephone boot in order to call his mother home when he s away It s not like I m a total stranger to phone boots of course I used them in my early to mid teens then cell phones became so popular they took the phone boots away but it s like a reminder of a far away past to me which is just silly but thet s the way it is The absence of computers is another stronger characteristic Ditto and Morgan use a typewriter to compile their essays I ve never used one in my life and my father bought our first computer when I was eight so I ve had a computer at home ever since I was a young child I won t even get on the subject of social networks because I can remember very well how it was to grow up without them and they still feel kind of weird for meThe whole book consists of Ditto s rebuttal to Morgan s anti fiction claims Ditto s relationship to his father has been strained since his father fell ill and was forced to leave his job This left their family dynamics umbalanced as Ditto s mother started working and juggling her profession with housework They belong to the working class and it s clear that they don t have much money to spend It seems that Ditto s father has suffered from a sort of identity crisis since falling ill almost as if he felt that there was not much to himself once they took his job away The conflict between Ditto and his father arises from Ditto s staying in school and being very interested in books and literature while his father would have preferred him to get a jobAre Ditto s experiences real or only imagined Morgan thinks they are real At first I thought that too or rather I wanted them to be true Then I started thinking What would the best answer be to someone who claimed fiction is a lie To tell them a story and make them believe it really happened when it actually was invented I still don t know if Ditto s story was real or not but it is a good story nonetheless I especially loved the last part after he meets Helen The narration becomes sort of poetic It s also kind of perfect which made me wonder if the whole thing was real or just invented I feel his adventures prior to that were peculiar and sort of improbable which increased the probability of them being true while his encounter with Helen could easily have been invented it s the classic episode of boy loses his virginity to experienced girlwomanIt might also be that some parts of Ditto s story are true and some invented or exaggerated or distorted for fictional purposes However I feel the whole true or not debate is not the most important point The point is Ditto manages to prove to Morgan that fiction is as true as real life and sometimes it feels even true than that This is a book about physical experiences and growing up It also incorporates different kinds of literary genres which keep the narration interesting and unpredictableBreaktime manages to stand the test of time and still rings true to me now in spite of being than 35 years old It amazes me when a book specifically written for a young adult audience is still read and well known after so many years There s a sort of prejudice against YA fiction that makes you think these books are meant to be read uickly and then forgotten but it does not have to be that way Breaktime is a book about physical experiences and growing up I think it would be a good book for boys Definitely recommended if you re looking for YA fiction with believable male protagonistsCover attraction there are various covers for this book so I chose the one I liked the most I like the colours and the whole watercolour feel of it I m not so sure about the kiss on the forehead as I feel the relationship between Ditto and Helen wasn t the main subject There is also a volume containing both Breaktime and Dance on My Grave with a beautiful watercolour feel cover which you can see above I think this one best captures the spirit of both books camping tents for Breaktime sailboats for Dance on My Grave I d love to own that book On the left I m also posting the Italian cover I m not crazy about this one It might be spot on as this is very much a book about writing as well as about growing up but it feels sort fo bland More to that I seem to recall that Ditto explicitly mentions he s typing up his chronicle on his old typewriter so it s not very accurate to show him writing long hand I would ve preferred to see him at the typewriter

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Breaktime

Gan’s Charges Against Literature uickly escalates into a multilevel challenge After Ditto’s father suffers a heart attack in the middle of one of their fights Ditto decides he has to get away for a few days to sort out his life His chronicle of his experiences becomes his rebuttal to Morgan’s Charges But is this thought provoking exami. Not as good as This Is All of course or Dance On My Grave Ditto and Morgan remind me of Phineas and Gene but maybe that s because I was reading both books around the same time

Aidan Chambers í 9 review

Nation of people and ideas all fact or fiction Aidan Chambers leaves it up to the reader to decide in this novel that Publishers Weekly calls “excruciatingly funny as well as touching” Includes a new afterword from the author Praise for Aidan ChambersMichael L Printz Award winnerCarnegie Medal winnerHans Christian Andersen Award winner. Very good Got a bit long in the middle but really enjoyable story and the end was awesome Mint


10 thoughts on “Breaktime

  1. says:

    Literature is crap Fiction is anyway A pretense Ersatz When you read a story you are pretending a lieI love Aidan Chambers I truly do I'm uite excited for the release of his latest novel Dying to Know You which ha

  2. says:

    There is a week break from school and the main character Ditto a male probably 17 never explained about his name knows he needs a break from life He and his sick father can't seem to have a normal conversation and the last time they argued his father had a minor heart attack and passed out in his mashed potatoesAlthough it seems heartless to want to get away with his father in the hospital and his mother in major freak out mode Ditto has

  3. says:

    Ditto a high school sopho while attempting to refute a friends “Charges Against Literature” runs into a series of adventures after Ditto’s father suffers a heart attack father had been ill for some time; first in a series I believe long on my “to read” list; purchased years ago from where I can’t tell you; 180 pgs; I am not inclined to read the rest of this series though I liked #4 read in 2014

  4. says:

    I really liked this one It was different from everything else I've ever read and it's been years since I've read a book with such extensive vocabulary That's part of the reason I loved this book's style Another reason is that it was well just something else Which is of course the point of this book But still I loved how the format changed a

  5. says:

    I think this is out of the 3 I've read so far Aidan's most abstract work And I think in order to give this stor

  6. says:

    Not as good as This Is All of course or Dance On My Grave Ditto and Morgan remind me of Phineas and Gene but maybe that's because I was reading both books around the same time?

  7. says:

    Interesting? you decide

  8. says:

    Aidan Chambers has won my heart once again

  9. says:

    Very good Got a bit long in the middle but really enjoyable story and the end was awesome Mint

  10. says:

    This book was weird