**spoiler alert** *Sigh* I had a hard time giving this a review. Part of me wants to give it a negative one million, but then I realize that is unfair**spoiler alert** *Sigh* I had a hard time giving this a review. Part of me wants to give it a negative one million, but then I realize that is unfair. Overall the story isn't that bad, and I wasn't ever bored (though maybe that's because it's such a quick read). But still...a couple of things COMPLETELY ruined it for me. I really didn't like the cutting aspect as other have mentioned. As a future teacher I worry about how my female students could interpret the behavior (especially since Westerfeld barely addresses the issue as an issue, besides the mild revulsion of other characters). I was also getting tired of Tally being stupid by this book as well. I mean honestly, how many times can one person change sides. It's just redundant. Even with all that, I may have given this book a higher rating. But...
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I was devastated that he killed Zane. For goodness sake, Zane was the only real lovable character in the series. Always doing right, never really faltering. A couple pages before it was revealed that Zane was dead I literally screamed, "If you kill Zane I will hate this book for eternity!" Okay, so maybe I'm crazy screaming at books, but I was really upset. Tally doesn't even like David really, so ending up with him did not soften the blow for me. Seriously, I HATED the ending of this book. Ugh. Tally and Zane should have been together, period. ...more
This book was fun. While I never got bored and I did want to keep reading, I was never fully engrossed (which is how I typically read). Their quest seThis book was fun. While I never got bored and I did want to keep reading, I was never fully engrossed (which is how I typically read). Their quest seemed a bit disjointed to me, and I never really invested in the characters. I also felt it had a couple of plot holes, but maybe I just misunderstood. Regardless, I liked it, but not as much as I hoped to. :)...more
Either I don't have a soul or John Boyne isn't as good of a writer as he needs to be for this book.
This doesn't necessarily mean that I don't like itEither I don't have a soul or John Boyne isn't as good of a writer as he needs to be for this book.
This doesn't necessarily mean that I don't like it, nor does it mean that Boyne is a bad writer per say. The story itself was a quick read, and I was entertained by Bruno's distinct voice. I was impressed by Boyne's ability to write a 3rd person narrative while consistently only providing information that Bruno would know. This book would be AWESOME to teach students about inferences and suggestion. Nothing is really flat out given to the reader, because Bruno truthfully doesn't know or understand much about his environment (Though perhaps Boyne takes this way too far. After all a 9-year-old boy in Nazi Germany would most certainly know who Hitler was and how to address him. You could also guarantee that the son of a high ranking SS officer would most definitely have been indoctrinated to hate Jews...all of which are missing from the novel).
Bruno is a 9-year-old boy who gets sent to live at Auschwitz (or as Bruno calls it, "Out With") after his father gets a new assignment from "The Fury," or Hitler. At first he is quite miserable and misses his friend, but one day while "exploring" he meets a young boy on the other side of the fence named Shmuel. Bruno doesn't understand why Shmuel lives on the other side of the fence, and thus strikes up a friendship with him. They meet everyday for a year before Bruno finally decides to see what is on Shmuel's side of the fence.
Anyway, while I don't think Boyne is a bad writer, considering the book's premise I was not nearly affected enough. I got the chills at the end of the book, but there were no tears in sight. Some people might say that this isn't Boyne's fault, but my lack of a soul, but usually I get VERY involved in character's lives and feel great sorrow when bad things happen. Because I didn't feel this, I have to assume that it was a shortcoming on Boyne's part.
I would recommend this book. It is a quick read and I did enjoy it. ...more
Oh man. It took me months to finish this book. I just could not get into it and seriously...nothing happens. They get caught, they escape, they get caOh man. It took me months to finish this book. I just could not get into it and seriously...nothing happens. They get caught, they escape, they get caught, they escape, blah, blah, blah. The writing is decent and the characters are likable. I especially appreciate the relationship between Mo and Meggie. Those things save it from being horrible, but honestly, I had to force myself to finish this book. ...more