|Plot Summary of Boy Down Under|
Smooch, Oct 2004, 5.99, 208 pp.
When Dr. Craig is hurt in a stateside car accident, his agent needs a viable substitute to provide the series of lectures in Australia. He chooses another client Dr. Mold to provide the talks. Dr. Mold takes her teenage daughter Rowena “Ro” Maven with her.
In Sydney, Ro finds herself totally bored until a strange teen Patrick Carroll falls from the sky. He begins to take her places that she can only dream of, a departure from the Roach Hotel that is Ro's reality. With a blink they are alone on secluded beaches and though he seems ephemeral, his kisses are realistic. With her best friend too far away in the states to help her, Ro has her first boyfriend, who no one else can see or even mention him to anyone. When she finally does he vanishes leaving Ro to learn who is the enigmatic Patrick and where did he go for she does not want to be without him?
This young teen romantic fantasy provides readers with an intriguing tale as the audience will wonder if Patrick is just a figment of a lonely girl's imagination and if not who and what is he.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"Rowena Maven is shocked when her mother, Dr Marina Maven, accepts a lecturing job in Australia, stepping in for an injured colleague. With little time to accustom herself to the idea of a year of high school in New South Wales, Ro makes a light-hearted agreement with her best friend, Mahalia, (Hallie) that they will try to keep in touch by mind-messages. A big joke, but both know their moms are unlikely to allow long telephone chats halfway across the world.
The apartment Marina's agent has rented is run down and dingy. Within three days, Mom is on the telephone to the realtor, demanding a better place to stay. Rowena goes out on the balcony and tries to send a mind-message to Hallie. Her graphic visualization of the message's progress is so clear that she feels uneasy. Then someone greets her, by name, from above, and a boy drops (literally) into her life.
From that point on, Ro's life gets increasingly complicated. Patrick is intriguing, by turns remote and welcoming, but he seems to be able to take Ro to places many miles away in a matter of seconds. Who is Patrick? What is he? Ro doesn't know."
Sally Odgers, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Boy Down Under|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Type of couple:
- She's a human, he's a magical being
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- average physique
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 1st
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog