I don't know what to think about that ending. Now that I've finished this, I really don't expect the movie to stick very close to the storyline. I lov...moreI don't know what to think about that ending. Now that I've finished this, I really don't expect the movie to stick very close to the storyline. I love Sutter's voice and character, even if I don't like many of his decisions. This is definitely a book I want to discuss with someone, especially a student. (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)
Ugh. I skimmed the rest of the book & finished the last couple chapters. This has so much potential to be an enjoyable book, but the writing is ho...moreUgh. I skimmed the rest of the book & finished the last couple chapters. This has so much potential to be an enjoyable book, but the writing is horrible. It ruined the book.(less)
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)
Honest. Funny. Inspirational. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is all of that and more. I’ve been eyeing this book for a few years now. I started a book clu...moreHonest. Funny. Inspirational. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is all of that and more. I’ve been eyeing this book for a few years now. I started a book club with some of my former students and we chose this as our first read. I’m happy to report that all of us loved it!
I started reading this thinking of it as mere fiction, but as I continued into the story, I started to question my original thought. Ned Vizzini included thoughts and details that felt extremely personal. But it wasn’t until I finished reading the book that I saw the last page where it’s explained that Ned spent time in a psychiatric hospital. To top it off, it says that he wrote this in less than a month after leaving the hospital! That’s absolutely incredible and explains why the story is so honest. It must have been a wonderful cathartic experience for him to write this, but also scary to have his emotions right out there.
Craig and all of the patients in 6 North are unique and entertaining. Craig struggles with depression and intense anxiety like many teenagers and adults. I found it interesting that while Craig was staying in 6 North, it seemed like he was helping the other patients more than he was getting help. But the support Craig shows for his peers proves to him that he can cope and make friends. Noelle, Craig’s love interest who displays her pain on the outside through scars, reignites Craig’s passion for art. This becomes Craig’s outlet and his anchor- his coping mechanism. I love that this is written into the story because everyone needs a healthy outlet, whether it be exercise or writing. I’d love to find out if Ned Vizzini discovered a love for art during his hospital stay.
A movie version of It’s Kind of a Funny Story has recently been released. I did enjoy the movie and recommend going to see it. If you’re hoping for an exact representation of the book, you’ll be disappointed. Small but important details were changed. The movie pretty much followed the basic story line and that’s it. Extra scenes were added to the story, and they were entertaining, but the movie ended up being enjoyable as a separate entity from the book. Nonetheless, hopefully people who haven’t read the book will want to do so once they see the movie!
I definitely give this five stars. If you haven’t read it yet, move It’s Kind of a Funny Story to the top of your TBR list.
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)