I was assigned Walpole's tale "The Castle of Otranto" for my Gothic Tale of Terror class. I enjoyed the story although the dialogue was a little hard...moreI was assigned Walpole's tale "The Castle of Otranto" for my Gothic Tale of Terror class. I enjoyed the story although the dialogue was a little hard to follow. The story reminded me of the Knights of the Round Table stories and I couldn't help but see a glimpse of Henry VIII in there as well. This story set the mold for future Gothic tales. The giant helmet bit hooked me from the beginning.(less)
It really says something that I finished this ebook in less than 24 hours. I don't even know if it was longer or shorter than 12 hours. All I know is...moreIt really says something that I finished this ebook in less than 24 hours. I don't even know if it was longer or shorter than 12 hours. All I know is that I liked this book quite a bit. I was sucked into the world of Colins and Katherines so intensely that I did not even want to put the book down for dinner at Denny's. In fact, I loaded the book onto my reading app on my phone while waiting for my food to arrive. Then I proceeded to eat like it was chow time military style.
Colin Singleton has an impressive love life. Impressive because it consists solely of girls named Katherine. Not Kate, Kat, Kathy or any other variation, simply Katherine. Each Katherine is unique (even when it is the same Katherine but separated by a few years) and each Katherine is part of the tragic love life of Colin Singleton.
Devastated by his most recent loss of a Katherine's heart, Colin embarks on a road trip with his best friend Hassan. The adventure leads to mathematical equations, broken hearts, hog hunting in rural Tennessee, and one Eureka Moment so longly awaited.
While not the hilarious Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines is guaranteed to surprise you, awaken your inner mathematican, and leaving you begging for more.(less)
The ending was quite a twist and brings all three of the stories together. The main theme behind this graphic novel, be true to yourself, comes across...moreThe ending was quite a twist and brings all three of the stories together. The main theme behind this graphic novel, be true to yourself, comes across beautifully.
I liked the artwork and story. Warning though, there is a bit of offensive language and stereotyping that some may not appreciate. But I felt it was used in a poignant manner to bring attention to the presence of these concepts even today.(less)
I have read one other Laurie Halse Anderson novel, Wintergirls, both Wintergirls and Speak have a way of grabbing me by the heart strings and making m...moreI have read one other Laurie Halse Anderson novel, Wintergirls, both Wintergirls and Speak have a way of grabbing me by the heart strings and making me believe I am in the story. There is something about the way Anderson writes that makes me believe I am Melinda (actually my name IS Malinda...) or in the case of Wintergirls, makes me believe I have an eating disorder because I am that dang wrapped up in the story. (True story, I had to eat a 10 piece Chicken Nugget from Mickey D's to convince myself otherwise.)
While reading Speak I found myself...not speaking. Seriously, I was that into the mindset of Melinda that I stopped really saying much to my family. I had to keep taking breaks in order to come back to reality. Sort of like when you play Sims for too many hours. (Once I played Sims 2 for so long that I kept trying thinking I needed to give my husband commands to make him do stuff...and Sims 3 is so much worse HaHa...I keep wanting to use the "motherlode" cheat when I need to buy something. Anyways back to the review.)
I checked this out from the library because I figured it was high time I experienced what most high school English classes are examining as part of their assigned reading. I went to high school in a small town and we didn't read things like Speak...we stuck to the older classics and Animal Farm. I wish I was a high school student again just so I could have someone to discuss this book with...indepth and for many hours.
You know how people say there is a difference between showing and telling in a novel? Well this definitely showed more than told. Definitely well worth the time spent reading. The characters were appealing, the subject matter was touching, and the voice or lack there of in the heroine's case was moving.
Melinda came across as a very troubled and emotionally shattered young woman. She found herself lost, and no one seemed to care. Now I know some would say that there is no way a girl could exhibit these signs of distress without someone noticing and trying to get to the root of the problem. That is not always true. Young adults slip through the cracks everyday because people can't tell who is just a moody teenager and who is showing signs of depression, mental illness, or any other emotional/physical trauma. It happens every single day....every single minute....every single second. And the heartbreaking thing is that it doesn't just happen with children and young adults...it happens with mature adults, senior citizens....even our animals.
That is what makes this book so mind-blowing....because we all could end up like Melinda. (Maybe not experiencing exactly what she did but experiencing some sort of trauma.)
All I can say is I am very happy I read this book. And it will be one of the first books I recommend to anyone who asks. (less)