Cody, the Amazing Wolf Boy, was an ordinary guy until Christmas Eve dinner a few months after he turned sixteen. Instead of sticking around after the meal for dessert, Cody turned into a giant silver wolf and spent the night running through the streets in nothing but a necktie. His parents promptly sent him out to live with Uncle Bob. Then things got really complicated with Cody as he faced bullies and a pretty girl who likes werewolf movies.
I think Smolen did a great job building the conflict of this story around a subject most teen boys (and even guys in their twenties and thirties, speaking from introspection… ahem!) struggle with. It’s not growing hair in funny places and howling at girls, either. Cody is unwilling to share his inner life and his complicated secrets with the people he is close to. It complicates his situation time and time again.
Smolen approaches a very hot social issue for teens right now, bullying. Cody faces a few bullies and I enjoyed watching the character grow and react as the theme reoccurred.
I was driving through the woods, up north, nodding along as Cody did something most would consider a bad idea because of how the reaction went over with his prior experience. I said to myself, “Yeah, a younger me with no sense of danger or long term consequences would act like that.” Not aging careful me with aches on rainy days.
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If you enjoyed Teen Wolf, stories about high school problems, or books whose authors really grasp the concept of themes then Amazing Wolf Boy is for you. I’m looking forward to listening to the sequel. There were a number of strange, seemingly unrelated plot threads around the midpoint, but they all wove together very nicely.