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Yolanda Polanski has arrived in Two Rivers, Wisconsin with a mission: to save the little town from itself. The only problem is, none of her new friends know why Two Rivers needs to be saved-- despite finding themselves increasingly implicated in her mysterious schemes. It's not long before Yolanda's friends become concerned that her plan might not be as wholesome as they o Yolanda Polanski has arrived in Two Rivers, Wisconsin with a mission: to save the little town from itself. The only problem is, none of her new friends know why Two Rivers needs to be saved-- despite finding themselves increasingly implicated in her mysterious schemes. It's not long before Yolanda's friends become concerned that her plan might not be as wholesome as they originally thought, and even the safety of the townspeople is brought into question. Is Yolanda insane? A visionary? A terrorist? All three? Sometimes, it's a thin line between brilliance and lunacy, and the good people of Two Rivers are about to find out just how thin that line can be. ""Sydney's rendition of a female mid-life crisis is equally hilarious and poignant. Yolanda might just be my favorite fictitious friend."" -- Anne Michaud, author and nominee, Bram Stoker Prize for Best Anthology, 2011


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Yolanda Polanski has arrived in Two Rivers, Wisconsin with a mission: to save the little town from itself. The only problem is, none of her new friends know why Two Rivers needs to be saved-- despite finding themselves increasingly implicated in her mysterious schemes. It's not long before Yolanda's friends become concerned that her plan might not be as wholesome as they o Yolanda Polanski has arrived in Two Rivers, Wisconsin with a mission: to save the little town from itself. The only problem is, none of her new friends know why Two Rivers needs to be saved-- despite finding themselves increasingly implicated in her mysterious schemes. It's not long before Yolanda's friends become concerned that her plan might not be as wholesome as they originally thought, and even the safety of the townspeople is brought into question. Is Yolanda insane? A visionary? A terrorist? All three? Sometimes, it's a thin line between brilliance and lunacy, and the good people of Two Rivers are about to find out just how thin that line can be. ""Sydney's rendition of a female mid-life crisis is equally hilarious and poignant. Yolanda might just be my favorite fictitious friend."" -- Anne Michaud, author and nominee, Bram Stoker Prize for Best Anthology, 2011

36 review for Yolanda Polanski and the Bus to Sheboygan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    I love great character-driven books and this one doesn't disappoint. I love great character-driven books and this one doesn't disappoint.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    Um, what the crap did I just read? You know the show Scrubs? You know how a portion of the show doesn't actually happen because it's just the images of JD's whimsical and humorous imagination? This book is a lot like that, but less comedic and more whacked-out. I enjoyed this book more when I was sleep-deprived and filled with the giggles. But even then, it was a lot to handle. I could see how this book might appeal to people who find its psychology fascinating, its distaste of small towns and the Um, what the crap did I just read? You know the show Scrubs? You know how a portion of the show doesn't actually happen because it's just the images of JD's whimsical and humorous imagination? This book is a lot like that, but less comedic and more whacked-out. I enjoyed this book more when I was sleep-deprived and filled with the giggles. But even then, it was a lot to handle. I could see how this book might appeal to people who find its psychology fascinating, its distaste of small towns and the Midwest appealing, and its narrator less intolerable. However, it was too much for me. The entire book is essentially Yolanda's never-ceasing and unrealistic, on-the-fly, B.S. psychoanalysis. Each person she encounters she breaks down and analyzes, but not in a way that is sincere or even grounded in reality. No, she sees the person wearing a shirt with a ridiculous pattern and suddenly Yolanda has a whole story (of which she is wholly convinced) about that person's daddy issues relating to the family dog she poisoned with a chocolate cupcake. And that description doesn't do justice to the entirely bizarre world that is Yolanda Polanski's head. There is very little dialogue in the book, and really it only serves as a reality to the check to the reader that everyone is very confused and Yolanda is in her own, whacked-out world. Yolanda's over-the-top "psychoanalysis" is matched by her innate narcissism, though this is sometimes masked by how seemingly "thoughtful" and "kind" she is. No, she's just full of herself, she is better than everyone else, but darn it all! She is so *kind* to help these unknowing savages of Two Rivers, Wisconsin rise above their own stupidity and brutishness to a higher calling: a school for ice cream sundaes, fueled by the idle vision of a six-year-old Yolanda met on a bus and proceeded to stalk. Certainly give the book a shot, but it just wasn't for me. All I can say is "... what..the...crap...?"

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Hard to follow. Not funny. Waste of time.

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    Mildreddavis

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  21. 5 out of 5

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    Michelle

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