This is a beautiful book. I don’t usually read adult best sellers because I’m too busy reading YA. But I read Water for Elephants for a couple of reas...moreThis is a beautiful book. I don’t usually read adult best sellers because I’m too busy reading YA. But I read Water for Elephants for a couple of reasons. First, one of my avid readers read it and recommended that I do the same and let me borrow her copy. Second, a couple of my YA students chose to read it for the Books to Movies project. I also plan on going to see the movie! (I love Reese Witherspoon!)
What I’m used to reading in best sellers is a lot of lengthy, flowery descriptions. Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, however, has this balanced perfectly. I could tell this wasn’t published as YA, but it read so easily. The details she uses are excellent and never over-done. Sara Gruen’s writing in this book left me yearning for more, even after I finished reading it. She’s incredibly gifted and I’d be happy to read more of her books.
The story itself was completely addicting. Jacob is a well-developed character that I enjoyed as both a young and old man. It was fun reading him as a grumpy, forgetful old man, and as a caring, tough, and thoughtful young man. And as much as I loved Jacob, I couldn’t get enough of minor characters like Walter and even Rosie.
Water for Elephants is a book I know I’ll read more than once because it’s timeless. Its themes of love and overcoming obstacles will resonate with many readers–old and young, male and female. I strongly recommend reading this gorgeous, timeless novel. (less)
New Money is Lorraine Zago Rosenthal’s sophomore release. Her debut was YA, but I would consider this to be N...moreFlash review originally posted on YA Love
New Money is Lorraine Zago Rosenthal’s sophomore release. Her debut was YA, but I would consider this to be New Adult/chick (women’s) lit. If you’re looking for a New Adult novel that isn’t a “junior romance novel,” then New Money is for you. (There is, however, romance in the story, just not a gratuitous amount of it.)
Something I really enjoyed while reading New Money is that it felt like I was watching a movie or a television drama. The characters are easy to imagine and the narration and dialogue read smoothly like characters on screen would. When I told my students about this book, they told me it sounds like Hart of Dixie which stars Rachel Bilson. It would be fun to see these characters come to life, although I did have a hard time liking Savannah at times. She’s navigating this new life and begins to forget who she is and where she comes from, as I’m sure many people in her position would. Rosenthal has written characters readers will cheer for and characters readers will despise. It’s these characters that kept me engaged. The story is sweet, and while I predicted some of the events that took place, I still wanted to read to the end to know the fate of each character. Savannah is beyond college, but I still think my high school students will enjoy her story, so I plan on buying a copy of New Money for my classroom.(less)
This is my new favorite audiobook; it made the book come alive completely. I was hoping for an ending with more closure, but I still appreciate it eve...moreThis is my new favorite audiobook; it made the book come alive completely. I was hoping for an ending with more closure, but I still appreciate it even though it made me cry. (less)