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The Well

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  30 reviews
If Hamlet thought he had issues, he should have talked to Cooper Warner.

His mother’s normally sunny demeanor has turned into something—homicidal.

And what’s worse, she has help in her hunt for Cooper: A ravenous monster living at the bottom of the old well in the woods behind their house. She’s determined to deliver her 14-year-old son straight into the creature’s eager c
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 21st 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Tez
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Robert Beveridge
A. J. Whitten, The Well (Graphia, 2009)

I've been having problems coming up with a decent review of The Well, because there's not a great deal to say about it. It's competently written, but no more than that; decently plotted, but no more than that; with characters who are adequate... you get the idea.

Supposedly based on Hamlet (though the connection is tenuous), The Well is the story of Coper Warner, a high-school student whose mother is trying to kill him. At least, that's the way he sees it; h
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Drew Nickerson
The Well was moving from the first page you read. The author A.J. Whitten does a very good job describing the whole book. My interest was caught the whole book. If your in for a good book read this one.
Ann-kat
Too shallow.
Too long-winded.
Too many analogies.
Too long-winded.
Too much repetition.
Too long-winded.
Not enough story development.
(Did I mention it was long-winded?)
Desmond
It was Cooper and Megan's three month anniversary. Cooper had wanted to have a nice dinner with Megan and a decent birthday, but that all went wrong thanks to the creature at the bottom of the well, at the back of the vineyard, behind his house. The creature had lured Megan down by using mind control. It was up to Cooper to climb down the well and take care of the creature, before it took care of them. So, Cooper climbed down the well and after 30 pages of suspense, Cooper triumphed over the hid ...more
Leigh Collazo

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REVIEW: The Well is the perfect book for bona fide horror fans—it has a creepy cover, lots of gore and violence, slowly-building suspense, and a hero with a beautiful girlfriend. Although supposedly inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the book compares better to Stephen King’s It because the creature lives in a dark, damp, underground environment and communicates with and traps humans in order to live. Like King’s It, the creature is able to control the minds and b
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Renae
This book was a joint writing effort between bestselling author Shirley Jump and her teen daughter. It wasn't bad, but I had some issues...

1. I believe that it takes skill for someone to write convincingly as the opposite gender. In the case of this one, I couldn't quite buy it. I could sense the female brain behind it.

2. The narrative was peppered with conveniently placed, cliche pop culture references, usually in metaphors and comparisons. "The entire New England Patriots defensive line could
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Jenni Merritt
Why I picked up this book:
I blame it on the synopsis. In all honesty, I don't really like the cover. But how could I resist a synopsis about a crazy mom, a monster in a well, and Hamlet?

My thoughts:
I have to start with a bit of a confession here: I am not a Shakespeare fan. I know... I have lived my whole life acting on the stage and devouring books as fast as I can snatch them. It almost seems an unwritten rule then that I must love and adore Shakespeare. But... as much as his writing is amaz
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Alpha Disaster
How nice of Cooper to bring me dinner, his body said, and his tongue, or what was left of it, came out to taste the air, to slither across what was left of his lips. And if I save a little of her for later...Such a sweet, sweet dessert.


When I pick up a horror or thriller novel I want it to appeal to me in a new way. A way to top any other books. The thought of a creature in a well is always creepy and a inserting idea to me so when I stumbled upon this book I new I found gold.

A.J. Whitten finds
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Ann
Ages 12+ (a few "shits," zombified thrills)

14 year old Cooper's mother is trying to kill him. First by drowning him, then by pushing him into an abandoned well on his stepfather's property. Fortunately his brother was around to throw him a rope. But that's not the least of his problems. Because Cooper's pretty sure that there was something in the well with him. Something that wants to lure him back into its clutches. And the thing is, he's not wrong.

I wasn't so sure about this book at the beginn
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Rebekah
It had a good story and I liked the idea, but it just gave me a bad feelings. I don't know if I liked the book as a whole, but it wasn't a terrible book. I was slightly distracted by all the pop culture references in the books beginning. I honestly didn't want to keep reading it, but since I was reviewing it I had to finish. The last third of the book drew me in and I then became interested in the ending.

I have read somewhere that this book has similarities to Shakespeare's Hamlet, but I do not
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Andrea
It is an amazingly awesome book and enjoyed reading it. My mom actually read it before me which was new, she also finished it at about the time I was ready to read it. While reading it I loved how it kept getting intense. I LOVE it when a book gets so intense where I start to ignore everything around me and I just can't stop reading. I look forward to reading Cellar and hope they may write more, even though they may not. I just love it so much that I want them to write more, so I have more of th ...more
Ally
I thought this book was very good. I love scary stories and this was perfect for me! At some parts in the book it got gruesome, but sometimes I like that in a book; it makes it unique because some scary stories dont have anything scary about them..it's just creepy, not scary. However, I did not like that ending very much. It was weird and pretty stupid to end a good book like that. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it's a great thriller to read at night! Great recommendation Katie!!! : ...more
Katie
This book was...strange. I really thought I wasn't going to be able to put it down when I started reading, but I was a little disappointed. The plot seemed to drag on during some parts. About two-thirds of the way through the story became more interesting, and luckily this book was saved by its ending. I think I would probably recommend this book to others solely because of the last few chapters, but unfortunately I was probably happier than I should have been when I reached the last page.
Jess
Hmmm...I checked this book out because I thought it was listed on a best of read for Halloween....turns out there's a different book of the same name. I was surprised they had it for Kindle at the library since I don't think they even had a paper copy when I searched for it. :|

But, I spent all night and read this one really quickly. I guess it was kind of scary, but overall I just thought it was a bit jumpy and disconnected. Ah well, a night spent reading a book you didn't mean to read.
Anne
Excellent choice for those who like Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Cooper's mom tries to kill him by throwing him down a well where there is a 200 year old blood crazed monster dwelling at the bottom. He manages to escape, but no he can hear the monster's voice in his head. Somehow he must kill the monster before it kills him - and the rest of his family, his girlfriend, and his dog.
Catalina Sennett
I thought this book sounded interesting so I gave it a try, but I kept skipping through most of the book. There wasn't really anything there to keep satisfied. I did like the story, I thought it was a very original idea, but it could have been better, much better.
Eric
Quick fun read, but repetitious and too many product placements and long winded analogies. Predictable plot, with weak character development. I would recommend this for those freshman in highschool, but not for adults. It reads like a horror flick.

Eric
Newengland
More hilarity than horror here (unintentional, I think). Creature at bottom of well covets the life of a 15-year-old boy so he can walk the earth again (and not be all wet, like the book). Too long. Too everything.
Symonè Holloway
I loved it! Definitely looking forward to reading more!
One of my favorite things about this particular story, is how Cooper's maturity, and understanding progress throughout.
-will write more later- (maybe)
Gabe Densmore
I got this book thinking that it was going to be a terrifying book, but it was more like a thriller that had page-turner moments. It was good though, I recommend it.
Jennifer
Good read for middle school kiddos who like suspense. The ending leaves it open for a possible sequel.
Kelaine
Creepy horror. Ties to Shakespeare's Hamlet. Written by teen/adult writing duo.
Mike Kic
Excellent horror/mystery that will especially appeal to reluctant readers.
Hannah
Ok. I just remember that this book scared the bejeebies out of me.
Heena
This book was just incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Anne-Lyse
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Jenna P.C
Apr 18, 2010 Jenna P.C marked it as to-read
looks creepy and good :)
Martha
Very intense.
Keri
thrilling
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A.J. Whitten is the pen name for well-known romance author Shirley Jump and her teenage daughter, Amanda Jump.
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