Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three friends decide to take down the reality TV show, For Art's Sake, that is being filmed at their high school, the esteemed Selwyn Arts Academy, where each student is more talented than the next. While studying Ezra Pound in English class, the friends are inspired to write a vigilante long poem and distribute it to the student body, detailing the evils of For Art's Sake. But then Luke—the creative force behind the poem and leader of the anti-show movement—becomes a contestant on the nefarious show. It's up to Ethan, his two remaining best friends, and a heroic gerbil named Baconnaise to save their school. Along the way, they'll discover a web of secrets and corruption involving the principal, vice principal, and even their favorite teacher.
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What I loved:
Reality TV show takes over prestigious arts academy and hijacks the whole school year. I mean, that is really cool and unique. I don't think there are any other YA books with this plot, and that's saying a lot of good things right there.
I also loved the gerbil hero, Baconnaise. The Baconnator. That fluffy little circus-trick genius rodent was seriously my favorite character. Seriously, you will fall in love with him, too. Trust me.
The friendships. The vigilante poets are so clearly best friends, and there was so much to enjoy about that. The dialogue felt very natural and was often hilarious. The quips and teasing were great. The way they just know each other without even speaking sometimes says a lot about their relationships, too. Ethan, Jackson, Elizabeth, and Luke make a great team! Along with Baconnaise, of course.
What I wanted more of: While the characters were quirky and weird, they weren't quite strange enough. I wanted them to be weirder. There is certainly a lot of weird going on in this book, and I felt that it could have been strengthened by adding a few more quirks to some of the main characters. I particularly liked Jackson's way of turning every adventure into a secret-spy mission, his fondness for geeky references, and his short way of speaking. The other vigilante poets were just a little lacking in those kinds of qualities. I understand not wanting to go too far or over the top, but this whole plot kind of does that anyway.
Overall I really enjoyed the Vigilante Poets. It was incredibly entertaining and I couldn't put it down.