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Spider the Doof Warrior well, realistically speaking, sometimes life is a bit like that...

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Rain Misoa I understand that, which is what I said in my review. I know life is not always a happy ending and I'm not trying to say that there is. However, when I read this book, I was going through something personally and was hoping for some positivity. (I never read the book before and knew nothing about it.) In any case, I was a little disappointed and I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy it. I can appreciate the book for what it is but it just wasn't for me.

Spider the Doof Warrior Yeah. Sometimes books do need a bit more cheerfulness to them. You definitely do not want to watch a von Trier movie if you're prone to being miserable because man that guy's movies are SAD.

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Rain Misoa I never did watch his movies. I'm not entirely sure if I want to now. XP Sometimes I am able to handle things that are depressing. However, there are times when I just want something positive to come my way and since I love to read, I expect some of the books I read to be joyful. But, alas, I don't always get what I want. >_<

Spider the Doof Warrior Yeah, some books do need a warning, but sometimes sad books can help kids cope with sadness, but one does need to feel some hope in the goodness of humanity and all.

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Rain Misoa I agree. Kids should be able to read whatever they want, whether it be sad or even violent, because we can't always protect them from such things. All I'm saying is that they should have a happier book to read right afterwards so that way they know that life is not always so bleak.

Spider the Doof Warrior so true. Bridge to Terabithia is sooooooo sad. The movie made me bawl like a baby literally and I knew how it ended too. At least the HP series didn't end to miserably.

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Rain Misoa Bridge to Terabithia made me want to go into the Corner of Woe with a Spork, it was so sad! Both the movie and the book! And can you believe I haven't read the entire HP series yet? I've only read the first book... I really need to catch up with that. X3

Spider the Doof Warrior Aw finish those. I love those books. Those are fun.

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Rain Misoa I know. Everyone keeps telling me how awesome and wonderful they are. I know I loved the first book a lot. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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I read this years ago and, though I'm not sure I hatedit, I remember that the ending was as sad as you've described. :(

message 12: by Joy (new)

Joy I was all good until the ending. OMG. I can't believe she left it there! Aaaagh!

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Keladry12 I agree with your assessment about all of her books. Why encourage children to have such a pessimistic view of the world? It's not like kids don't already have terrible things happening in their own lives-why make the entire lesson of a book "If something good happens it will go away very soon"?

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xanthofile This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I never saw it as pessimistic. To me, Gilly was a hero of sorts, despite being obviously flawed in how she saw people. She had been dealt multiple bad hands and reacted accordingly; adopting a "when the world turns it's back on you, you turn your back to the world," point of view. Even as a child I had understood this to be a coping mechanism that exists to keep someone bruised from further pain.

This story is not a moral story, nor a fairytale. It is a tale of a girl who begins the story scarred to the point of being labeled a lost cause by a system that is as flawed as herself. This is a story of a girl who learns a broader world view than she'd previously been given, who learns to thaw and grow as a person. But most of all, this is a story about a girl who finds what she has yearned for her entire life in the form of an unlikely, and ultimately temporary, family: unconditional love. What you people view as an unhappy ending is one where she does realize that a mother's love is /not/ a given, that it is /not/ unconditional, but having known it from her foster mother, she had the strength to carry on through a less-than-ideal situation with grace.

To me, giving children a message that even if your family does not, or cannot, give you unconditional love, that even if you are not perfect and pleasant, you are worthy of being loved for who you are...well, that's a good message to give. Children are smarter, more emotionally savvy and complex than you are giving them credit for.

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