As the last completed manuscript found in Michael Crichton's files, this book does great justice to the phenomenal writer. The reader almost feels asAs the last completed manuscript found in Michael Crichton's files, this book does great justice to the phenomenal writer. The reader almost feels as if they are fighting right alongside Capt. Hunter and his crew. The characters are greatly fleshed out save for a few. With each new adventure the crew of the El Trinidad undertake we find ourselves rooting for them. The epilogue leaves the reader with a sense of sadness and happiness at the final fates of the characters. Definitely a good read especially if you like Crichton. ...more
Loved this book. I cried along with the characters, laughed at their peculiarities, and gritted my teeth at their stubbornness. Definitely a re-read iLoved this book. I cried along with the characters, laughed at their peculiarities, and gritted my teeth at their stubbornness. Definitely a re-read in future years....more
I picked up this book because it was the selection of a book club I belonged to, but unfortunately I never got the chance to read it in time. When itI picked up this book because it was the selection of a book club I belonged to, but unfortunately I never got the chance to read it in time. When it was selected for another book club I belong to, I decided to give it another try. Now mind you I really wanted to read it because the summary made it sound so appealing.
The beginning of the story was intriguing and the author did a great job of setting the scene for what Mississippi might have been like for both black and white women. The characters shone through as well-rounded in my opinion and I felt they were each realistic. Not too evil and not too good, except Hilly, that girl seems evil in every bone of her body.
I enjoyed the funny stories about the crazy white ladies and cried when I read the touching moments between maid/lady.
I have to say Celia Foote might have been my favorite character. I loved her personality and naiviete at the inner workings of white lady society. But I did find it hard to believe that a poor girl did not know how to cook. I just wonder what her childhood and upbringing entailed.
Skeeter was also a favorite character. Her growth throughout the book from young woman trying to keep in step with the only friends she has ever known growing up to self assured independent thinker who does not care what others think made me smile.
I felt this book was worth the time spent reading it and even though it is fiction, it represents a pivitol time in US History. Now I want to see the movie in hopes it can live up to my expectations. ...more
I liked the amount of detail put into scene description, I found the servant scenes to be my favorites. Some of the information abJust a short review.
I liked the amount of detail put into scene description, I found the servant scenes to be my favorites. Some of the information about the time period is a little inaccurate, but it does give readers the general gist of the era.(Truthfully the author did a lot of research about the 19th century and drew from personal experiences. I would say any inaccuracy is irrelevant considering the fact that households were not all ran the same way. I looked up the lexile score for this book and it is listed as 800L. That is usually considered a fourth or fifth grade reading level. It was a very easy read so based on that and the Lexile score, I would consider this more Middle Grade than Young Adult. But it should definitely be enjoyable to teens, after all what does a reading level score matter in terms of enjoyment?
Hannah is an orphan and upon reaching age fifteen, technically fourteen is the preferred age but ya know Scarlet Fever and all that year, must go out into the workforce. When she is found unsuitable by some vindictive matron, she is sent to the midwest. This makes her physically sick so she comes back. This time a nice lady places her with a wealthy family as a scullery maid...she even gives her a book instructing her on the norms of domestic servitude. Then our heroine begins to really change. Into what she does not know. All she knows is the sea is calling her.
Hannah was interesting, a little dull but likeable. The anatgonist of the story is a real troubled girl. Jealousy, hysteria, and friendship are experienced in this tale of a lost girl searching for a sense of belonging.
One of my only complaints is the ending. It felt rather abrupt and while the last line spoke volumes without saying anything, I feel it could have been dealt with easier....more
Kit Tyler comes from a very different place than Puritan Connecticut. She is from a land with brilliant sunshine, cFIVE STARS for a captivating story!!
Kit Tyler comes from a very different place than Puritan Connecticut. She is from a land with brilliant sunshine, crashing waves, and warm sand. When her grandfather dies she has the option to stay in her island home or strike out for an unfamiliar environment living with the only family she has left. Once in this new country she is surprised by the strict lifestyle she must adhere to living with her relatives. She is used to freedom and being in control of her own actions. She never dreamed that befriending an outsider could threaten her life.
The main theme of this story that stood out to me the most, revolves around Kit finding her identity within a new world. Once carefree and somewhat spoiled, she is now thrust into a life of constant piety and hard work. The beautiful silks she once wore are replaced with wool and calico. The warm, bright sunshine is now replaced with diamond-like snowfall. She must change who she is and where she belongs.
I remember reading this book for the first time in elementary school. Don't ask me when cause I cannot tell you. All I remember is the joy I felt connecting a troubling time in American History learned from my Social Studies lessons with this free-spirited girl named Kit. I was not ignorant of the sadness and despair caused by the Witch Trials in Colonial America during my childhood. I have always looked for answers to my curiosity within the pages of books and encyclopedias. Whether this book stirred that intense need to know the hows and whys of Witch Hunting in America or I chose this book because of my need to find out more about the culture of the time, I do not recall. But I know this book stood out as a fond memory and when I saw the old battered 1980 copy in one of my local Goodwill Thrift Stores, I had to buy it.
It is truly amazing how you can see a book and suddenly remember that you have read it and you believe you enjoyed it. You may not remember exactly what the story was, who all the characters were, or how it ended. But in your memory you remember that you have held these words in your mouth before and it was delicious. As a child reading a book, you may not have noticed the great foreshadowing. The excellent pace and how the author withheld the climax to build up this long forgotten world so foreign to your own. You may remember feeling connected to the protagonist but don't know why, perhaps you too felt like you were a colorful bird among wrens and sparrows.
I can easily see why this won the Newberry Award....more
I cannot say I truly enjoyed this book. It was boring at times and though full of wonderful details, none of them added anything to the story in my opI cannot say I truly enjoyed this book. It was boring at times and though full of wonderful details, none of them added anything to the story in my opinion. We know Callie has features of both white and black, she talks about how coarse her hair is plenty to get the point across. But we really never see her struggle because of her mixed "race". She is either assumed to be a white girl or glamoured when her skin color would give her away. There is only the internal struggle. (view spoiler)[ Bull Morgan doesn't count. He knows she is mixed and he knows she is human and fairy because he is a dead person being brought back by her Uncle to kill her. These are not things he already knew. This are things he is informed about by her fairy uncle. So his use of the word pickaninny to describe her doesn't count. (hide spoiler)]
The plot seemed to go nowhere for the majority of this book. (view spoiler)[She sets out to look for her mother and in the end still hasn't found her mother. She doesn't even for sure know where her mother is located. She thinks her mother is in California because of the movie she saw in the theatre but it is never reveal if she is actually in Hollywood. (hide spoiler)] Not until the end does the plot pick up and then it's just a fast paced blur of circles. Never ending circles. (view spoiler)[First she is looking for her mother. Then she is taking care of guests. Then she is running from the guests along with Jack. Then she meets some other fairy folk. Then she is looking for her mother again, headed to California. Then she is running from Bull Morgan. Then she is being rescued from the Trixies and Bull Morgan. Then she meets back up with one of the fairy folk. Headed toward her grandparents. Then she is held hostage by Bull Morgan. Then she is headed again toward her grandparents. Then she is running from her grandparents. Then she is dead, well half dead. Then she is looking for her mother again. The whole thing was just confusing and unnecessary. Couldn't she just go looking for her mother and run from Bull Morgan. But I guess she needed to meet her grandparents to understand they were not the people she wants to be associated with and that her Uncle is a jealous jerk who will kill her to gain the throne. (hide spoiler)] And the book ended with nothing resolved except a subplot and no real insight into what in the world is going on with the whole ordeal.
Callie herself was somewhat interesting but the majority of the time was spent talking about the color of her skin. Yes we know she is mixed, I would be more concerned with learning what it means to be a fairy than I would be with something I have known since I was a child.
I liked to story but honestly I don't know if I would want to read the next two books. If they go nowhere or have no real hook to keep me reading, I can't say I would want to read them. I would rather just read a book that pulls me into the story. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more