Literature: Evolution Me And Other Freaks Of Nature
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature is a 2007 young adult novel written by Robin Brande. The story follows high school freshman Mena Reece, who has just been excommunicated from her fundamentalist church. She faces bullying from her former church friends, especially her former best friend Teresa. Things get even more dramatic when her biology teacher, Ms. Shepherd starts a unit on evolution, prompting the church kids to stage a protest in favor of Intelligent Design. Meanwhile, Mena starts to develop feelings for her lab partner, Casey Connor.
This novel provides examples of:
- Alpha Bitch: Teresa.
- Cure Your Gays: How the church responded to gay student, Denny Pierce.
- Deadpan Snarker: All of the main characters have their moments.
- Driven to Suicide: Denny.
- Hipster: Kayla and her friends.
- The Fundamentalist: Everyone at Mena's church.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Teresa's modus operandi.
- Raven Hair Ivoryskin: A trait Casey and Kayla inherited from their mother.
- Shown Their Work: For fundamentalist Christian culture, and biology. The author was raised Fundamentalist Baptist, and sat in on high school biology classes as research.
- Sinister Minister: Pastor Wells.
- Nerds Are Sexy
- Precision F-Strike: Mena's mom gets one after Pastor Wells publicly humiliates her in front of the whole congregation.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Bethany.
- Wham Line: "MS SHEPHERD GOES TO CHURCH?"