Fed up with his parents' boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god -- the town's water tower. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredic...more
I have given him the book 1st to Die by James Patterson and he gave this book to me, which I don't have any idea what the book is all about. But judging...more
So, Jason Bock is a highly imaginative teenager who can ruin his chance with a girl by criticizing her habit of using '...more
There is a reason that GODLESS won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, and I don't believe it's because author Pete Hautman wrote a book he intended to be satire, as other reviews have suggested. To me, GODLESS is the epitome of everything that is both bad and good about organized religion--it is, in effect, an entreaty to the leaders of religions around the world to look at how blind faith funds their coffers.
Yes, maybe I'm reading more int...more
The book doesn't necessarily attack religion, as the main character is actually somewhat envious of the surety with which his father and other Christians cherish their faith. It does, however, provide a critique of fanaticism as well as th...more
But with the new 7th graders looking eagerly for books they'll enjoy, and in addition to this amazing new book I read, well, I just had to review this one.
Let me start out truthfully. Usually I don't read books with those little golden or silver seals on them. I like discovering new books that no one has read yet, and help make it worthy of a seal. But from the minute...more
This is a book about a teenager named Jack, who lives with a mother who is determined to prove that her son is sick. With what, who knows...every time he coughs, sneezes, sleeps too long or drinks too much she is sure that there is something wrong with him and so she has him at the doctor all the time getting tests done. And then there is his father who is a lawyer but also who is...more
friends to help, and inadvertently recruits a bully and a beautiful girl. This is the start of the trouble, for Henry (the bully) wants all to meet at the top of the tower and swim inside, and it ends with Henry falling o...more
And it's amazing that I was right because you din't even have to be psychic.
So as wacky as this book's plot sounded, and despite the fact that my semireligious parents were probably going to scold their nonbeliever daughter fo...more
It was interesting to me to watch the characters' motivations evolve throughout the story. Jason is curious, Shin is obsessed, Hen...more
The book centers around Jason Bock. He is dissatisfied with his parents relig...more
Jason (main character) decides he no longer wishes to be Catholic like his parents and decides to create his own religion, Chutengodianism, a.k.a to worship the town's water tower. Along the way he find followers: Shin, his best friend, Dan, the Preacher's son, Henry the bully, and Magda, the some what practical one. Later on their religion begins to grow and soon enough they're able to com...more
In Godless, Pete Hautman used his character Jason Bock to illustrate his philosophy, “[in a book] what you see is somebody's idea of reality.” But sit down with a stack of student journals, and one would notice that dealing with faith and religion, like Hautman does in Godless, is right on the top of many students’ “real issue” lists. Hautman’s novels have teen themes─getting the girl, fitting in, being successful, peer pressure─but he tackles adult i...more
I appreciate the premise, but it was just... blah. Yeah, blah. Also, the token girl character, Magda, sucked....more
The concept of this book was really good. Hautman did good at bringing up an issue that is on a lot of people's minds. The p...more
Without much trouble he converts a few of his friends to this new religion. They have commandments and a sabbath (Tuesday) and various l...more
A part of me had connected with the main character as soon as I read the summary, which is why I chose this book. I as well as Jason, question th...more
Jason "Jay" Bock is a candid, irreverent, and unassumingly funny narrator. The story fits him like a glove and Hautman does a great job of never trying too hard to communicate characters or tell jokes through Jason's perspective. I feel that I'm not reading enough books with narration from a boy's point of view (this is definitely a problem in YA these days, I have to say) and Godless was just what I'd...more
The five of them create...more
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Same thing with water towers and God. I don't have to be a believer to be serious about my religion.”