Mama is the hardest-working person I know. Since we don't have everything we want, I guess even hard work takes time to pay off. Prayin...moreFavorite lines:
Mama is the hardest-working person I know. Since we don't have everything we want, I guess even hard work takes time to pay off. Praying seems like it might be faster. p.11
"I would have come straight after the accident but Mrs. Parker and my mom decided to let you rest for a few days." Mae scowled. "What person in their right mind doesn't feel better with their best friend? Answer me that, will you? Grownups can be stupid. That's all I have to say." p. 32
When load number one was in the dryer, spinning away, the back room became hotter than a rainforest in the middle of August. Sweat puddles formed by my feet. I'd seen pictures at the library of people standing in the jungle, naked as jaybirds. I always wondered why anyone would walk around without any clothes. Now I knew. p. 107
"How do you know?" I asked, my voice sharp. "how do you know everything will work out right? Miss Martha looked directly into my eyes. "I don't." "What?" My heart skipped a beat. "I don't know for sure," said Miss Martha. "But I believe it will." "How long do you need to believe?" Miss Martha stared out the window over the sink. "As long as it takes." p. 123(less)
The Giver should be a stand alone novel. To me the beauty and horror of The Giver is lost in the other three novels. Mostly likely, and this is just m...moreThe Giver should be a stand alone novel. To me the beauty and horror of The Giver is lost in the other three novels. Mostly likely, and this is just my opinion, because Giver was not intended to be a series. Perhaps Lowry felt compelled by fans to continue Jonas' and Gabe's story. But I think because they were written so many years apart Lowry's original message with Giver changed with the other books. Son feels nothing like Giver. The following three books are good, because Lois Lowry is an amazing writer, but The Giver is by far the best. (less)
What do I think? I think my Grandma is trying to get some religion in my life, or suggesting I find me a rancher to marry. My 75 year-old grandma has...moreWhat do I think? I think my Grandma is trying to get some religion in my life, or suggesting I find me a rancher to marry. My 75 year-old grandma has been asking me to read one of her "heart warming" books since I moved in with her back in July (that is a whole other story). So when she came at me with this paperback bound with a rubber band in her outstretched, wrinkled hands, I finally conceded. "You'll like this one! It has a school in it," she says tapping the cover. Uh huh. A school to train women to be ranchers' wives. Oh Grandma. She means well.
What can I say about the book? Yes, heartwarming. Yes, lot's of prayers being answered. Yes, everyone sees the error in their ways, or if not, is burned to death in a grizzly fire (is that an allusion?). I stick with my two star review. It was okay. Oh, and thank you Grandma. *smile*
P.S. What's up with the girl on the cover? That is not how the author describes Tressa. (less)
"It's for personal reasons," I say stiffly. Which is what my mother always told me to say about things that had to do with fighting wit...moreFavorite line:
"It's for personal reasons," I say stiffly. Which is what my mother always told me to say about things that had to do with fighting with your brothers, getting any sort of illness that had intestinal ramifications, starting your period, and money. And this decision covered two out of four, so I thought the statement was well earned.
I had to gobble this book up in a day. I'll admit I wasn't excited to read the book. I enjoyed Stiefvater's Shiver, but was unimpressed with Linger and could not even convince myself that if I checked out Forever from the library I'd actually read it. But, The Scorpio Races kept showing up on so many blogs that I knew there must be something worth all the gossip. I have renewed faith in Stiefvater and her story crafting abilities (with so many books about wolves out there my loyalties are quickly lost, shame on me I guess). I'll be on the lookout for whatever she dishes out next.
Would I recommend this book? Recommend it? I threaten you. (Okay, not really, but you get the idea.)
P.S. If by chance the thought of meat-lusting horses makes you think of Diana Peterfreund's Rampant I would be incline to tell you that it is good, but, there is a thick layer of bemoaning teens to wade through. You're safe with the The Scorpio Races. Thank you Stiefvater.
P.S.S. I realize that I never said why I liked the book. Sigh... that's what happens with a brain that moves faster than I can keep up with. I'll give my top two reasons why I love this book. When I studied geography, I remember reading about how locations have a 'placeness' that the people who live there can feel. It's in the land, the way the water flows, the way light plays across the Earth's surface, along with a smell that is synonymous with home. Stiefvater does an amazing job of create that 'placeness'. This brought many good questions to the forefront of my mind. The second reason is, about every 6th page I would laugh, out loud, startling anyone nearby. Many sentences I read over again just to enjoy the humor a second and third time.(Hence my favorite line above.)
"Food, a French man told me once, is the first wealth. Grow it right, and you feel insanely rich, no matter what you own."
"There was something else, and I don't know why nobody talks about it. Marriage asks you to let go of a big chunk of who you were before, and that loss must be grieved. A choice for something and someone is a choice against absolutely everything else, and that's one big fat good-bye."
"Mark stopped to hold a big bucket to his mouth and drink awkwardly, the sap running down his cheeks and under his sweater and around the back of his neck. I handed him the lines and jumped off my pace on the sled and plunged my mouth directly into a full bucket. Whole poems could be written about the taste of the first run's sap, icy and sweet and redolent of wood."
"The onions had collaped at the neck, laying their leaves on the ground. 'What's wrong with them?' I asked Mark. 'Nothing,' he said. 'It's senescene. They've finished growing.'"
The "Dirty Life" sugarcoats nothing other than some tasty foodstuff. (less)