Remember my review of The Ten Creepiest Places in America? And how I wasn’t super-duper impressed? Well, that’s because I expected it to be more like this book, Weird but True Tales.
Not that Weird but True Tales is one of my favorite books ever. It isn’t. But it does a better job at staying in the creepy-through-unexplained-circumstances genre rather than the tada-it’s-a-ghost genre.
In Weird but True Tales, Allan Zullo records nine stories that involve really strange coincidences, but which don’t demand supernatural involvement. They’ll probably leave readers pulling their hair out in wonderment – “How on Earth could these “random” events happen??” – and wondering if perhaps the stories involved a little something from out of this Earth. But the only answer given by these stories is “fate” – which is a much better starting point than “ghosts”.
One story includes a school paper written by a little boy. The paper is about a girl who is squeezed to death by a boa constricytor – the language is lurid. The boy describes his writing style as having “lots of blood and guts and bodies flying all over.” [pgs. 49 & 55]
One of the characters suffers from agoraphobia – his panic attacks are described thus.
“Whenever Zack suffered a panic attack, his whole body reacted as if he were trapped in a cage with the world’s most horrible, bloodthirsty monster.” [pg. 69]
Consistent references to boyfriends, girlfriends, and dating – in one story, two divorced people marry each other. Nothing intense.
Super Woman, The Wizard of Oz, and – hilariously enough – the Jonas Brothers are all mentioned. It cracked me up that the book was “modern” enough to include them. XD
References to fate and luck are made. In one story, one character asks if another thinks he is psychic – he replies no.
A few little relational things – siblings argue a few times, etc. Nothing huge.
A few mild euphemisms are used – gosh, darn, heck, gee, etc.
Conclusion. Not the best book that ever happened, but an interesting one for people [like me] who like to ponder the wild occurrences of life. :)
Review © 2014 Laura Verret