Audio Review: I chose to listen to The Book Thief because I couldn’t get into the book reading it traditional...moreAudio review originally posted at YA Love
Audio Review: I chose to listen to The Book Thief because I couldn’t get into the book reading it traditionally. Thankfully, Allan Corduner is an excellent narrator and really made Markus Zusak’s book come alive. His voice is easy to listen to and his accent fits the story perfectly. His voices fit the different characters well, which added to my enjoyment of the audio. If you’re like me and are either hesitant to read The Book Thief traditionally, or you’ve tried reading it and couldn’t get into it, I suggest giving the audio a try.
Book Review: I enjoyed The Book Thief, but I didn’t love it to pieces like so many others. I appreciate the story, and I love that Death is the narrator, but something is missing for me. I guess I sort of felt like, “So what?” when I finished listening. Thinking that and writing that makes me feel like a horrible person. I understand that “books feed the soul” but I think I needed something more than that from the story.
Maybe I need to admit to myself that World War II/Holocaust stories don’t work for me anymore. I’m a history minor and understand the importance of the time period. I have a tough time finishing these novels because I know how all of them end–tragically. Yes, that’s a generalization, and yes, The Book Thief ends with a sense of hope. But from this story in particular, which I did finish, I needed something more.
I will say, however, that the writing it beautiful and the character development is wonderful. I can easily see why it received the Printz Honor. Hopefully the movie will affect me more than the book did.(less)
This simply isn't the book for me. There are too many info dumps and not enough action to keep me interested. There's definitely an audience for th...more2.5
This simply isn't the book for me. There are too many info dumps and not enough action to keep me interested. There's definitely an audience for this and I'm glad I read it. I know I'll be able to recommend this to some of my students which is what really matters.(less)
I’m a huge fan of David Levithan’s work. Until The Realm of Possibility I’ve only read one of David’s stand-alone books- Boy Meets Boy. I’ve read many...moreI’m a huge fan of David Levithan’s work. Until The Realm of Possibility I’ve only read one of David’s stand-alone books- Boy Meets Boy. I’ve read many of his dual-author books like Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. His characters are always honest, witty and laugh-out-loud funny. The Realm of Possibility shows a much different side to David’s writing ability. It shows a writing ability and style that makes me want more (not that I didn’t want more from his other books!)
First, the book is told from the perspectives of twenty different characters, many of them connected. Second, most of the stories are told in verse- beautiful, moving verse. Here’s an example from Daniel’s perspective “once time is lit, it will burn / whether or not you’re breathing it in. / even after smoke becomes air / there is the memory of smoke. / i am seeing, as if by the light of a match, / a glimpse of my life / and having it feel right. / this will linger” (11). Isn’t that gorgeous?! I had no idea he wrote poetry. The way each character tells his or her story in verse or lyrics reminds me of Ellen Hopkins’ novels.
I don’t know what it is about verse, but I feel like I can get to know characters more deeply through this style of writing. In The Realm of Possibility I do wish some characters would have had more “page time”, but that’s because these are intriguing characters that left me wanting more. The book began with Daniel who’s dating Jed, and I ended up adoring Daniel and his vulnerable side. David deciding to end his book from Jed’s perspective left me smiling :) This relationship, and both characters telling their story, allowed me to get to know them in a different way.
I do have one dislike, and only one! I mentioned that this style of writing reminds me of Ellen Hopkins’ books (Impulse, Identical, Tricks, Fallout in particular). In these books she has multiple characters speaking at different times. One way that these books are different from The Realm of Possibility is that whenever a new character begins speaking, the character’s name appears at the top of the page to signal the reader. David starts each new chapter of characters with a list of the characters he’s introducing, but their names don’t appear when a switch is made. This was confusing for me, and I found myself turning back to remind myself which character I was reading.
This is definitely something that should be added to a classroom library. Because the characters’ relationships work for friendships and gay/lesbian/straight relationships, this is a book that appeals to a wide audience. (less)