Nostalgia~ I remember reading this book when I was younger, and loving it then. I still like it, though now I read the book and grin over how convenie...moreNostalgia~ I remember reading this book when I was younger, and loving it then. I still like it, though now I read the book and grin over how convenient it is that Brian has a hatchet (what mother buys her son a hatchet anyway?) and how the ending is such a fist in the face, wham bam done, sort of thing. There is a LOT of introspection (understandable, Brian is alone in the middle of the woods) and some repetition (I really wish Brian would stop thinking about the Secret, complete with capital letter, which drove me a little crazy), but it's an enjoyable read regardless.
There was a certain wry sort of humor at parts that I took to very quickly. For all of his trials and tribulations, Brian is determined to survive (other than that one time--which was sort of expected too) and it's heartening to read him do his best with limited knowledge. A lot of his newer knowledge is gained through observation and it was nice to see him pretty peaceful with what he was and where he was. He failed and failed and failed time again, but he always kept on trying.
Very fond of this book. Part of it is childhood memories and the other part is still enjoyment, so, overall, a largely positive review.(less)