My favorite book of all time. I could read it over and over again, if it wasn't so long and I wasn't such a slow reader! Just a great overall story whMy favorite book of all time. I could read it over and over again, if it wasn't so long and I wasn't such a slow reader! Just a great overall story which makes you love and hate Rhett as well as Scarlett all at the same time. ...more
Great book! I just reread this after having read it a few years ago in undergrad for a class. Quick read too, I guess partially because it's written fGreat book! I just reread this after having read it a few years ago in undergrad for a class. Quick read too, I guess partially because it's written for young adults.
Quick synopsis: Jonah, the main character, lives in a world of Sameness. Everyone is the same, eats the same, talks the same and dresses the same. Everything is regulated so that no one is different and feels bad because of their differences. When he becomes a Twelve (his age - everyone changes ages at the same time, on the same day) he gets assigned the job of The Receiver of Memories. This is a very prestigious job on the outside, but comes with much responsibility.
Lowry does a wonderful job making this an easy and enjoyable read. She also only introduces the reader to pieces and parts of the utopia little bits at a time, where, at first, the reader may think that this world Jonas lives in sounds like a great plan; no pain, no sorrow. However, as you read on and discover the other things they don't have in their world; weather, hills, mountains, you see that it's not as wonderful as you may have initially thought. ...more
I have read this book twice and this is the book that got me hooked on Jodi Picoult. I love the story and the moral controversy that Picoult lays out.I have read this book twice and this is the book that got me hooked on Jodi Picoult. I love the story and the moral controversy that Picoult lays out. The story is told from varying first person perspectives that change by chapter, which is interesting and I liked it a lot. I also watched the movie and after reading and loving the book so much, I was really disappointed with the movie. If you are someone who likes to read, just read the book, skip the movie....more
Another great Jodi Picoult book! This one didn't have me bawling at the end like most of her books do; however, I was on the verge of tears about everAnother great Jodi Picoult book! This one didn't have me bawling at the end like most of her books do; however, I was on the verge of tears about every other page throughout the book. This story is similar to the Columbine tragedy but fictional (obviously) and more from an inside perspective. I loved the character development and the fact that Detective Patrick Ducharme came back (from Perfect Match) as well as Jordan McAfee and family (from The Pact and Salem Falls). The reader gets involved and entwined in the characters' lives and feels for all sides; the prosecution as well as the defense side and everyone in between. I also enjoyed the organization of this book that it moved back and forth from the day of the incident to years before to days/months afterward. Picoult's organization causes the story to unfold only so much at a time and give the reader information while causing the reader to ask more questions about the characters and what will happen next. Another great story about a very controversial topic. It really gets the reader thinking about all sides to situations (not just school shootings) and reconsidering initial impulse reactions. Great novel!
3.12.10 I just finished reading Columbine by Dave Cullen. Learning more of the real information that I'm sure inspired Picoult's book, I'm a little disappointed in Picoult's novel. While her novel differed from the real tragedy and revolved more around the court room, there were some significant parts of Picoult's novel that were the same or very similar to the real tragedy. I will not list them so as not to give them away, but I changed my rating from 5 to 4 stars because of this. ...more
This book was just alright for me. I listened to it as an audio book, so maybe it would have been better to read it in print, I don't know.
This is yoThis book was just alright for me. I listened to it as an audio book, so maybe it would have been better to read it in print, I don't know.
This is your typical Sparks book - set in a small town in SC with a native man or woman and an out of towner comes in and they quickly fall in love.
Yes, Sparks if formulaic and predictable. Yes, there is usually some kind of twist at the end that you may or may not have seen coming that pulls on your heart strings and causes the reader/listener's eyes to well with emotion. This was not one of those books.
I just didn't feel any connection to this story. I liked the characters well enough (there always seems to be one of them that is a bit more mysterious) and the set up of the story was fine. However, I just didn't feel like this book delivered the usual Sparks passion and interest that I usually find.
The person who read the audio story did a good job. I don't recall anything noticeably distracting or annoying. ...more
Excellent book! It took me a while to get through this book as life got in the way of my reading :) However, this story was unique and beautiful.
ThisExcellent book! It took me a while to get through this book as life got in the way of my reading :) However, this story was unique and beautiful.
This is the story of a character's mysterious biography. There are two narrators; the biographer and the biographee :) The biographee is a writer herself and has never let anyone know the truth of her life's story.
I'm sure others have already given a synopsis of the story, so I'll spare you the repetition. This is a story that keeps the reader guessing at what will happen next. Characters weave in and out of the story in such a way that you never know what is going to happen next. Setterfield has a beautiful way of writing that I can't quite describe what I loved about it. She gives details, but not so many that you get lost in the details and forget the story. The characters are wonderfully written and you can get lost in them and their stories.
I was drawn to this book because of the cover art (I know, I know, but I am a lover of books and can't help myself), the idea of a mysterious biography, the promise of ghosts (which the story isn't nearly as *ghostly* as one would think from the back cover) and reviews by others. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fictional story, especially historical fiction. ...more
I liked this book a lot. The subject is sad and heart-breaking, obviously, but I learned a lot from this book. I was a a sophomore in high school whenI liked this book a lot. The subject is sad and heart-breaking, obviously, but I learned a lot from this book. I was a a sophomore in high school when this tragedy happened, and as such, did not really pay attention to the media coverage that happened afterward. I did not realize all of the confusion that happened after with the media as well as with school and police officials. Not only the communication break-downs but also the lying and cover-ups that went unknown for so long. I think this book gives a thorough and well written story of what happened that day, leading up to that day, as well as what has happened since.
I have read some very positive reviews and some very negative reviews. With a story such as this, there will be both kinds of reviews and that cannot be changed. However, some of the negative reviews, while valid, seem to be dwelling on things that seem insignificant to the overall story to me. For instance, Cullen wrote that Eric Harris, "Got chicks. Lots and lots of chicks." Yes, Cullen wrote this and it may or may not be correct, quotes from people who were there or not. But, the overall story is not about Eric's player status, the story is about the whole tragic event.
On a formatting note, I appreciate that Cullen kept his chapters short, gave them titles, and kept the titles visible on the right page headers throughout the chapters. Also, the book was broken up into 5 parts which were titled and visible on the left page headers throughout the parts. I enjoy books with chapter titles, but don't like having to look back at the end of the chapter to see what it was called again. The chapters (after the first few) alternated telling the story of Eric and Dylan leading up to April 20th and telling the aftermath story of the investigation and the community. Also, I liked that there was an index as well as bibliography and index section at the end, explaining where he obtained some of his information.
Overall, I think this book was well written and gives a lot more information to the reader that one would otherwise get from reading articles or websites. Not everyone wants to read multiple books, articles, what have you, to get the *true* story on this subject. Especially since most of those materials will probably repeat the same information with a few slight differences. I think Cullen wrote a good book, citing many valid sources. He puts a lot of information in one place for those who would like to know more about the details leading up to and the aftermath of that tragic April day. Some details will forever remain unknown about those boys and that tragic day and maybe, almost 11 years later, we are better off not knowing them. ...more
I bought this from a used book sale when I was in 2nd grade. I had no idea what exactly what it was about (it's just the plain library hardcover withoI bought this from a used book sale when I was in 2nd grade. I had no idea what exactly what it was about (it's just the plain library hardcover without cover art or back description) but I read it and loved it. I've read it a few more times over the years and just recently found out that it is part of the Hall Family Chronicles. Someday I will read more of the series and see what else happens to the children. This book is great though if you have a great imagination....more