I borrowed this book from the library ages ago; it was so good that I ended up borrowing it again when I missed reading it. In the end I went and boug...moreI borrowed this book from the library ages ago; it was so good that I ended up borrowing it again when I missed reading it. In the end I went and bought it (finally).
So what’s good about this book anyway? It was really hilarious. Really. I had to control myself from laughing out loud during the bus ride home from the library, otherwise people would think I’m weird (weirder I mean). The Cassons were a most interesting and unusual family you’ll ever meet. The children are all named after paint colour – there’s the oldest Cadmium (Caddy), Indigo (Indy), Saffron (Saffy) and Rose. It all began when Saffy discovers she was adopted…
What I like about this book: + The book was the most hilarious I’ve read in a long time, and the characters were memorable. +Fave character: Caddy. I mean, the oldest daughter is usually portrayed as the most boring person ever, the most serious, most dependable character. I know that’s probably as well, but well… cliché. But Caddy was far from boring. Consequently, Caddy driving lessons with Michael were my favourite parts of the story. I laugh until tears come to my eyes. +Every character has a unique personality. I also like Sarah, the wheelchair girl, who was portrayed as strong-willed, even bossy, definitely not depressed or weak at all. Kinda changes the way you look at disable people.
But yeah, you can’t read the book like, three times in a row... The jokes kinda get old. Best read the book after a particularly dull day, it’ll cheer you up. A great family story.(less)
Imagine there is a world where you do not age. Where everyone looks young and healthy until the day they die, which might be 150, or almost 200 yrs ol...moreImagine there is a world where you do not age. Where everyone looks young and healthy until the day they die, which might be 150, or almost 200 yrs old even. Imagine that this eternal youth comes with a heavy price: not being able to bear children.
Natural children are so rare that they became more precious than gold; the prized children are hunted, rented, purchased and sold. So rare the children are, they can be, willingly or against their will, ‘changed’ so that they stay children forever.
This is the horrifying world that Alex Shearer created in “The Hunted”. But a probable future too, given the advancement of science and technology today. An easy read that got me thinking.
Just that, somehow I can’t shake the feeling that I was reading a book with subtle all-natural/all-organic, anti-GM underlying themes, but that’s just me. I don't like the ending that much (too perfect an ending, oh well).
Anyway, I was thinking adults may get more out of it even though it is considered children's book. (less)
Let me see: -I learned quite a lot about prison jargon. Hear that, fish? -Quite funny at some places, at the same time heartwarming (and at one place-...moreLet me see: -I learned quite a lot about prison jargon. Hear that, fish? -Quite funny at some places, at the same time heartwarming (and at one place- heartbreaking) -The friendship between Harry and her best friend Homer was really sweet. A friend who understand when not to ask, when to lend a helping hand and always be there for you, that's one valuable friend. -Makes me want to reread The Wizard of Oz..
As an adult who loves reading children and YA book, sometimes I forgot for whom the book is intended to - and spoke harshly about it.. This book, the...moreAs an adult who loves reading children and YA book, sometimes I forgot for whom the book is intended to - and spoke harshly about it.. This book, the adult part of me says need more depth, I want to know more about the villain, and I want more description, etc etc...
But then I realized: my 12 year-old self would have loved this book! Heck, I'm sure that my 15-year old self would devour this book in less than a day, and reread it again the next day, all the time laughing out loud. This book has witty dialogue, plenty of action, fast-paced - I liked this phrase, a fast-paced book (*grins*)- it waste no time describing unnecessary things, which would made reading for children a boring task.
Oh, Stephanie the heroine is quite spunky, but a difficult girl to deal with, and that, strangely, made her seem all the more likable. And Skuldeggery, he had the best lines in the book :)
So, I'd recommend this to children (and adults who like reading children books).(less)
"Framed" is another great book I bought on a whim. Sometimes this kind of impulsive buying leads me to a great find (like Emmy and the Incredible Shri...more"Framed" is another great book I bought on a whim. Sometimes this kind of impulsive buying leads me to a great find (like Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, an awesome book found just the week before), while sometimes it leads to a total disaster (don't remind me, I'm trying to forget all those tried-but-can-never-finished books). Luckily this is in the first category.
This is a hilarious book, especially towards the end. I love all the characters, criminal-minded that they are (except the Dad) and I especially love the parts on how the paintings affect the lives of people in Manod.
And yes, I forgot that Minnie is just a small girl (that is worrisome), and the part where Marie said, 'of course, they have children too' (or something along that line) makes my heart breaks..
And sorry, it seems that you won't find what the book is about from my review (or anything useful for that matter).. (less)