I feel like this could be a children's companion to To Kill a Mockingbird. As an adult whom "read" this book as an audio, I felt that the story line wI feel like this could be a children's companion to To Kill a Mockingbird. As an adult whom "read" this book as an audio, I felt that the story line was far too scattered including letters, newspaper articles, and diviner stories. It was hard to keep track of what portion I was actually listening too, which I'm sure that would distract younger readers more. While the story is interesting, I'm not really sure I like how Vanderpool chose to present it...more
I had attempted reading this book about a year ago and couldn't seem to get into it. I was also amidst a busy semester in grad school so I thought I wI had attempted reading this book about a year ago and couldn't seem to get into it. I was also amidst a busy semester in grad school so I thought I would try it again at a later date. When I was looking for more audiobooks at the library this popped up so I thought I'd try the audio version. I feel like by all definitions of my undergrad major, and general interests I SHOULD like this book, but I just couldn't really get into the story. I got through about half the book and didn't really seem to care for the jump between raccoon and boy and their desire to want to save the swamp. While I like the message she wants to portray, I just think it would have been far more better had she chosen animals as the narrator or the boy. I think the whole throws of folklore only seemed to muddle up the story, I felt she was just adding that for the sake of adding it...more
Creepy. Didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I could see why others wouldn't like it. Everything seemed to work too well together in the end.Creepy. Didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I could see why others wouldn't like it. Everything seemed to work too well together in the end. A should read for all regular social media users...more
Light read. I think I enjoyed it more since I did it as an audio book. Don't know how much of it I would have read if I had physically read it. I realLight read. I think I enjoyed it more since I did it as an audio book. Don't know how much of it I would have read if I had physically read it. I really like the concept of the main charachter developing an interest in science. It's become far too much of a common thought in the US and schools that science is a man's field. I also like how she befriends a goth. Frequently in middle school people tend to not like certain people due to the misconceptions we get from others. Refreshing middle grade book, end was a little too neatly cleaned up for me....more
I think I enjoyed this book more than I would have otherwise mostly because I had "read" it through as an audio book and after having seen it as a movI think I enjoyed this book more than I would have otherwise mostly because I had "read" it through as an audio book and after having seen it as a movie. This is the second of Eggers' books I have read, the first having been What is the What. I think that book had been so well written, that I would not have enjoyed this book had it been an actual book copy that I was reading. I felt that the movie cleaned up some of the book issues that I had, but an interesting comparison non the less...more
Having seen the movie earlier this winter, I had some general expectations going into the book, knowing that it was primarily going to be a characterHaving seen the movie earlier this winter, I had some general expectations going into the book, knowing that it was primarily going to be a character study. In that regard, I was not expecting much for plot development, and got the audio book from the library rather than reading it as well. That being said, there were some notable differences, probably enhancing my enjoyment of the book more so, rather had I read the book and not seen the movie.
The biggest difference I had noticed, was her brothers, while they were minor characters, I certainly understood why they cut them in the movie script, however, the brief time that she spent with them, and the letters in the book I felt made me understand her more, as well as served as a driving force in why she felt as attached to Tony's family, especially Frank.
Having seen the movie, I felt then following through with the book, I was able to appreciate her choices a bit more. Having made a move to a different country myself, I think I was able to understand part of the subtleties of the her character and empathize a bit more than some of the other readers and reviewers. While I don't know if she would have ultimately made the decision she did to return to Brooklyn unless she had been put into the situation, but that seemed to be much of what she tended to need throughout the book, was the push. I do not think she would have been able to continue to grow, if she had stayed. Overall, a easy read....more
This book had potential, as I like the original premise, of setting up a story around commuters on a train. Despite the premise of the book, I'm not rThis book had potential, as I like the original premise, of setting up a story around commuters on a train. Despite the premise of the book, I'm not really sure why others claim that it lived up to all the hype that it was given. I've read reviews that it's the next "Gone Girl" type of mystery of twists and psychological thriller. While there were plenty of twists in the book, I found that this one is not as well thought out or put together. I'd like to think of higher end mystery readers to be methodical, and having had discussions with Laura Lippman in the past at book talks, and restaurants, a well written mystery should cater to the well established reader base. That being said, I felt that The Girl on the Train was not well thought out at all. At times, I feel like Hawkins was throwing in a plot twist for the sake of adding a plot twist, and not really thinking how it was affecting the rest of the story.
I felt that the characters were far too contrived and about 30% of the way in I wanted to start punching people left and right. While it is refreshing to have a novel with such un-reliable narrators, I honestly believe that a majority of the time, Hawkins was throwing a wrench in the story to stir it up, when things began to get boring or too neatly wrapped. Rachel was the same drunken dumb-ass that I wanted to punch by the end of the book. Towards the end, she far too conveniently remembers a series of events, throughout her life to make the story gel far too well to make any of the preceding story plausible. I found all the characters so hell-bent against changing anything about their personality. As an avid reader, in general, I expect some developments with the characters and within this plot, I really thought that there wasn't.
I'm also curious to know why all of the female characters were so gung-ho about having children or the need to have children to make them feel better about their shitty lives. I have nothing against people that want to have children but the theme of children being the only thing that women can properly contribute towards society was far to rampant in many of the scenes, and irked me. I also found I was irritated about the constant need to lie, cheat, beat the stuffing out of people, and basically just be horrible people throughout the entire book. The whole thing was a constant source of man-handling the people in one's life, and I honestly don't think that anyone fictional or nonfictional would be that horrible to other people aside from possibly Hitler. Overall, I don't know why I bothered to finish it or give it another go....more