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Ns the unit on evolution school becomes dramatic than Mena could ever imagine and her own life is about to evolve in some amazing and unexpected ways From the Hardcover edition From the Publisher Listening LibraryLength 0625 I just finished this book devouring it in one sitting I loved several things about Evolution Me and other Freaks of Nature first that it made me think second that I could relate to it and third that there was a cute funny nerdy guy in it But this wasn’t just a light teen book this book had real stuff in it stuff that makes you think and uestion your own beliefs always a good thing in my opinion so you come to understand WHY you believe what you believe in All the characters in this book are 3D and a lot of fun and I always like reading about smart caring and inspiring teachers who take the time to make sure students are not just fed information but are active participants in their own learning Great job by author Robin Brande and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next

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Your best friend hates you The guy you liked hates you Your entire group of friends hates youAll because you did the right thingWelcome to life for Mena whose year is starting off in the worst way possible She's been kicked In case you don't know this about me I am agnostic It is beyond my understanding why so many people think that it is impossible to be a religious person and accept science I can roll and roll my eyes at those who relentlessly assert that the Earth's age is 6000 years and people walked the Earth along with dinosaurs I am sorry I understand there is a lot of unexplained about our Universe and some choose to attribute this unexplainable to a God's grace but denying scientifically proven facts is the height of ignorance and narrow mindedness IMO This novel addresses exactly this issue how to reconcile religious believes and science and should be right up my alley Alas it didn't work for meHere is why to put it simply Evolution Me Other Freaks of Nature lacks subtlety and reads like anti religious propaganda Even I with my agnostic believes can't appreciate uniformly one dimensionaloff puttingLOTR denouncing Christian characters in this book Beyond the Pale understanding why so many people think that it is impossible to be a religious person and accept science I can roll and roll my eyes at those who relentlessly assert that the Earth's age is 6000 years and people walked the Earth along with dinosaurs I am sorry I The Black Ice Score (Parker, understand there is a lot of The Black Painting unexplained about our Universe and some choose to attribute this Fire and Desire unexplainable to a God's grace but denying scientifically proven facts is the height of ignorance and narrow mindedness IMO This novel addresses exactly this issue how to reconcile religious believes and science and should be right The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox up my alley Alas it didn't work for meHere is why to put it simply Evolution Me Other Freaks of Nature lacks subtlety and reads like anti religious propaganda Even I with my agnostic believes can't appreciate The Illusionists uniformly one dimensionaloff puttingLOTR denouncing Christian characters in this book

Robin Brande ✓ 6 SUMMARY

Out of her church group and no one will talk to her not even her own parents No one except for Casey her supersmart lab partner in science class who's pretty funny for the most brilliant guy on earthAnd when Ms Shepherd begi I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book in the end Some personal backgroundI'm a Christian with a degree in Zoology whose favorite class at the Christian University I attended was Evolution So I suspected up front that I'd either love or hate Evolution Me and Other Freaks of NatureFor the first half of the book I felt like the characters were too one dimensional evil uptight judgmental Christian pastor and kids smart cool savvy science teacher mean controlling religious parents kind open hearted nonreligious parent Even though I was skeptical during the beginning of the book I ended up loving how Robin Brande tied everything up at the end of the book The characters are not as one dimensional as they seem at first I loved the main character Mena She's a good girl just trying to do what she believes is right I appreciated that she wasn't a push over but still struggled with balancing all of her beliefsI'd recommend this book to any older teen I'd give it 45 if I could This is a subject that most kids will grapple with in one way or another It's a good book to back up with parental discussion


10 thoughts on “Evolution Me Other Freaks of Nature

  1. says:

    In case you don't know this about me I am agnostic It is beyond my understanding why so many people think that it is impossible to be a religious person and accept science I can roll and roll my eyes at those who relentlessly assert that the Earth's age is 6000 years and people walked the Earth along with dinosaurs I am sorry I understand there is a lot of unexplained about our Universe and some choose to attribute this unexplainable to a God's grace but denying scientifically proven facts is the height of ignorance and narrow mindedness IMO This novel addresses exactly this issue how to reconcile religious believes and science and should be right up my alley Alas it didn't work for meHere is why to put it simply Evolution Me Other Freaks of Nature lacks subtlety and reads like anti religious propaganda Even I with my agnostic believes can't appreciate uniformly one dimensionaloff puttingLOTR denouncing Christian characters in this book


  2. says:

    My friend Janina recommended this to me after I had read Brande’s other book Fat Cat and absolutely loved it and I must say that this was a really nice read as well I didn’t love it as much as Fat Cat but still I enjoyed it thoroughlyYou can see from the blurb what the story’s about so I won’t go into that any further Evolution Me and Other Freaks of Nature does have an awww worthy romance included but it’s not the thing the story mostly revolves around IMO the main topic is how to reconcile facts and beliefs This was extremely interesting for me since I’m very conflicted about this subject myselfI definitely recommend this book the writing is flawless and I like Brande’s sense of humor and overall the story is really enjoyable but if you’re simply looking for a contemp YA romance Evolution Me and Other Freaks might not serve this purpose since the story does not focus on it My favorite uotes Lying is for the weak minded If you can’t think of a truthful way to solve your problems you’re not thinking hard enough That’s what it takes to survive – the freaks shall inherit the earth Hell yeah In science the word theory doesn’t mean what it does in everyday conversation It’s not a guess or a hunch It’s a well reasoned PROVABLE explanation for something we see in the natural worldIn science it’s not a theory’s job to become a fact Theories are there to EXPLAIN facts To tell us why we’re seeing what we see That’s the beauty of a unifying theory like evolution – it gives us a structure so we can understand our worldThe future is not set Which tells me there will always be room for the miraculous God left Himself some slack in the rope As a scientist I may try to know everything about this universe there is to know but even then I will never be able to touch that part – that mystery that lies at the heart of all things To me that’s where God is


  3. says:

    I really wanted to like this book I thought that it was going to be so much then what it wasBut it wasn't You see I was hoping for this nice story about how a seemingly Christian girl found a way to defend her faith and what she's believed all her life You know like Live Out Loud or something Instead I watched as Mena who overall was a very believable character to be sure learned about and then believed in something that I absolutely do not agree withAs far as characters go I didn't like the portrayal of Mena's old church friends because while there are of course some people out there who are like that most aren't Really they aren't Certain characters that I did like and actually came close to adoring were her science partner Casey and his older sister Kayla and her boyfriend Josh They were really intriguing and realistic characters I think that uite a bit of thought went into making them believable Other aspects of the book that I liked were how the plot and drama were built up I completely agree with the other reviewers who said that the time right before the climax was the most exciting part of the entire story it really was Another small detail that I liked were the puppies which sounded absolutely adorableOverall if you believe in evolution but you also believe in God then you will love this book If you're like me and only believe in one or the other you may have difficulties enjoying this book as you'll constantly feel like your guard is up against what you're reading


  4. says:

    This totally takes a spot in my top 5 for 2007 This coming from the guy who doesn't seriously practice a religion or affiliate himself with any church herd or mob Absolutely amazing touching funny thought provokingwow Brande presents us with a girl's struggle to remain faithful to her personal Christian beliefs whilea learning for herself that science and religion can mixb coming to terms with the fact that the Christian cliue at her school her old gang certainly doesn't act Christian at all but they wear all the right Jesus t shirts while physically assaulting or belittling othersc that doing the right thing can cause an unbelievable amount of turmoilAnd it's this right thing that lands Mena Reece in a ton of trouble entering her freshman year of high school It's an extremely timely important and even fun book to read that I hope will have a lot of appeal regardless of religious affiliation


  5. says:

    I recognized the cover of this book at the library and decided to pick it up I didn't have anything else to do so I read it immediately I ack love this book Love it like I would propose to this book if it was a person love But that's just it I loved this book which is why I gave it five stars I think it's amazing Butalas it's not that great of a bookThere is lots of lecturing first of all Which didn't really bother me because what the book was lecturing wasn't bad but it's still lecturing all the same Which doesn't have a place in a book unless you know it's like a textbook where you're supposed to lecture I believeHowever I would not consider this book to be anti Christian What Would Emma Do? another book I believe I rated five stars and loved seemed actually uite anti Christian That didn't stop me from loving it but still This book isn'tat least to me The main character Mena who I keep wanting to call Mara starts out believing in God and continues to do so At first I thought the author was going to play the whole Mena finds science and learns the truth thing but she doesn't To me she handles the entire situation uite well But I have to admit that at times the lecturing can come off as anti Christianish and eye roll worthyNote to self whatever you do in your novel don't lecture Good lecturing or not it always brings down a bookAnyway the backstory of the book SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS DON'T CLICK TEH BUTTON IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED view spoilerDanny a kid who Mena's church was harassing because he was gay attempted suicide Mena who had not participated in such harassment but had still stood by and watched it happened felt so awful that she wrote a letter to Danny detailing how sorry she was for everything that occurred Said letter contained everything Mena's church friends did to drive him over the edge Danny's parents obtained the letter and used it as evidence to hacking cough rightfully sue the ever loving pants off of everyone in the church who was involvedEveryoneincluding all of Mena's friends Which is why they hate herI would just say that Mena needs to suck it up and get better friends but that's not even the worst of it Her parents provide insurance to everyone in the church You know everyone who was sued And they the church people could sue Mena's parents for not having insurance that protected them from being sued in the first place Or something It's very very complicated Basically what Mena did could bankrupt her parent's business Which is why they her parents hate her Well not exactly hate Just really really dislikeSo Mena is trying to lay low at school when she's paired up with this great nerdy guy named Casey as a lab partner And then everything goes down for her from there hide spoiler


  6. says:

    I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book in the end Some personal backgroundI'm a Christian with a degree in Zoology whose favorite class at the Christian University I attended was Evolution So I suspected up front that I'd either love or hate Evolution Me and Other Freaks of NatureFor the first half of the book I felt like the characters were too one dimensional evil uptight judgmental Christian pastor and kids smart cool savvy science teacher mean controlling religious parents kind open hearted nonreligious parent Even though I was skeptical during the beginning of the book I ended up loving how Robin Brande tied everything up at the end of the book The characters are not as one dimensional as they seem at first I loved the main character Mena She's a good girl just trying to do what she believes is right I appreciated that she wasn't a push over but still struggled with balancing all of her beliefsI'd recommend this book to any older teen I'd give it 45 if I could This is a subject that most kids will grapple with in one way or another It's a good book to back up with parental discussion


  7. says:

    Robin Brande has definitely become one of my favourite authors with this book I loved her second novel Fat Cat and her debut Evolution Me Other Freaks of Nature was great as wellMena believes she did the right thing but the right thing got her kicked out of church made her former friends hate her and caused her parents to stop talking to her altogether Not the best situation to start your first year of high schoolThe only bright spot is Mena's biology class and her lab partner Casey But just when Mena believes she might have the chance for a fresh start new issues arise as the class starts to discuss evolution I simply loved the characters in this book Mena and her struggle to belong somewhere again not knowing any what is wrong and what is right Casey and his lovable family who made Mena feel at home right away and of course the adorable puppies who came to be the stars of Mena's and Casey's biology projectAnd Brande even did a great job at making me hate Mena's so called former friends who believe they do others a favour by trying to convert themAlthough I'm not a religious person at all myself I could understand Mena's struggle to unite her belief in God on one side and her interest in science on the other Also despite the fact that this novel adresses somewhat controversial issues it always left the reader to form herhis own opinion about them and it never got preachy in any way I found it interesting to read about the fact that evolution versus creationism is still an issue at many American schools as it is something we almost don't deal at all with here in GermanyAnd I simply love the fact that Brande's main characters are into maths and science something I've rarely encountered in YA fiction beforeThe only thing I wished would have been developed a bit was Mena's realtionship to her parentsAltogether a great read and I can't wait to read whatever Robin Brande comes up with next


  8. says:

    I just finished this book devouring it in one sitting I loved several things about Evolution Me and other Freaks of Nature first that it made me think second that I could relate to it and third that there was a cute funny nerdy guy in it But this wasn’t just a light teen book this book had real stuff in it stuff that makes you think and uestion your own beliefs always a good thing in my opinion so you come to understand WHY you believe what you believe in All the characters in this book are 3D and a lot of fun and I always like reading about smart caring and inspiring teachers who take the time to make sure students are not just fed information but are active participants in their own learning Great job by author Robin Brande and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next


  9. says:

    I ended up liking this a lot than I thought I would In the beginning I was frustrated with Mena She was a victim who wouldn't stand up for herself and tried to fade into the background She was also really absorbed into her religion and didn't have the most open mind Once she met Casey and started spending time with him she began gaining confidence and accepting other points of view The main thing I liked were the strong female role models Ms Shepard and Krista were awesome They didn't let anyone push them around said how the felt and stuck to their guns Mena really benefited from being around them and was able to talk to her parents and gain confidence This was an easy uick read and the plot had a good lesson Definitely recommend


  10. says:

    Before I start my rant let me give credit where credit is dueThe main characters are fairly interesting There are churches like the one portrayed in the book though I’ve only heard of them There are Christians or at least professing Christians who believe in EvolutionThat being said here are my problems with this book Now I waited some time before writing this so it didn’t turn into a flame review so some details may now have escaped me1 The false dichotomy Brande sets the story up and basically gives the reader two options The crazy cult church who believes in Creationism as taught in the Bible but who are inept at defending their beliefs and who in many ways does not act like a Christian should OR The rational good kind Christian evolutionists In this book there’s no in between Creationism in this book is euated with unbalanced unbiblical believers2 It would be nice if Brande did her homework on such things as the fossil record Now I’m not a scientist by any means but I know enough from a couple college classes to know that Brande casts broad generalizations and completely ignores the evidence pointing to Creation as shown in the Bible She doesn’t address the problem of having Evolution begin before the Fall and she doesn’t address the lack of fossils to support Evolution A lot is just presupposed Now I understand this is a work of fiction but that’s not a good excuse for shoddy research And since the main plot is her struggle with this topic these things should be addressed3 Now this one made me really mad taking the Bible out of context Several times the main character takes Scripture out of context to erroneously support EvolutionNote I am a believer and I fully believe in Creation as it is given in the Bible Microevolution which we see among species can be seen and proven and is supported by Scripture “kinds” in Genesis Macroevolution is a theory and a worldview and in many ways a belief system or religion Many evidences in creation can be read through this lens or through Creationist lens for instance Evolutionists and Creationists have different views on such things as the Grand Canyon Either way you’re reading your own view onto the evidence


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