I'm more at 3.5 with this book. It has its issues. Some of which lie in plot development and some with character development. However, it is a heartfe...moreI'm more at 3.5 with this book. It has its issues. Some of which lie in plot development and some with character development. However, it is a heartfelt, interesting look into Afghani culture as dictated by Khaled Hosseini. I'm cannot and should not accept this at face value as a recollection of how life absolutely was in Afghanistan since it is a work of fiction. However, I thought it was captivating as a story with mostly captivating characters.
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First thoughts: this book made me uncomfortable with every page and it should. Many people write that the personal stories were distracting. I think t...moreFirst thoughts: this book made me uncomfortable with every page and it should. Many people write that the personal stories were distracting. I think that they were great additions to the book because when considering the death penalty you should be considering every aspect of humanity and the humanity you may be interested in forsaking. Dow's personal life helps to guide you through this thought process. Or at least it did for me because I can never not think about humanity in relation to the death penalty.(less)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo also known as Lisbeth Salander also known as stereotypical autistic character with whom a reader should fall in love b...moreThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo also known as Lisbeth Salander also known as stereotypical autistic character with whom a reader should fall in love because she is quirky and hateful and we all secretly think we are the same. Don’t get me wrong; she’s an interesting character and great addition to this story. I found myself really enjoying her parts of the story and once she actually met the second main character, Mikael Blomkvist, I was even more enthralled by her. However, the heart and soul of this novel (for me at least) is the wonderful, calm, intelligent, and passionate investigative journalist. The writing in this book is rarely sophisticated or particularly eloquent but it is a translation; however, I don’t think it would be a book for eloquent language even in Swedish. I’d be interested in seeing if it were though. As with so many English readers I have to comment on the title chosen for this translation. Men Who Hate Women is a much, much more interesting title that would actually attract a lot more curious readers, I think. We actually discussed the title in one of my English classes (no, I didn’t read this for class) and everyone said they prefer Men Who Hate Women. I thought the focus on female violence in Sweden was fantastically dispersed throughout the beginning of this book. It was subtle and intricately well put together and when it was there, yes, it was disgusting. Until Lisbeth and Mikael meet and all hell breaks loose. There were moments while reading when I responded with physically gagging or mentally screaming “Ew” and quite a few times I actually said it out loud or to a friend. But it was pretty much necessary in the context of the book or it wouldn’t have had the same meaning. Overall, I liked this book and consider it a good violent mystery crime-solving novel. I will be reading the rest of the series eventually, if I ever have time to read for myself (less)
I'm really giving this a 4.5 but I can't choose that on here so I chose to go for a higher choice in order to give Ellen Hopkins, and this incredibly...moreI'm really giving this a 4.5 but I can't choose that on here so I chose to go for a higher choice in order to give Ellen Hopkins, and this incredibly moving story, the recognition it deserves.
Crank, Glass, Ice, Meth, the Monster. Either way you spin the name, you can't quite grasp how truly debilitating the drug can be to a human being. Ellen Hopkins began her daughter's tale with the novel, Crank. She continued with, Glass, and now has finally finished the story with, Fallout. This time we experience the (pardon my pun) fallout of Kristina's journeys with the monster from her children's points of view. Hunter, Autumn, and Summer are all teenagers facing emotional, mental, and physical ailments from Kristina's continuous drug use and inability to care for her children.
We meet these new characters in Kristina's saga with a full knowledge of how they came to be--how their mother and father got together and how Kristina struggled to love them. We are immediately sympathetic to their cause, we all know that parents and family in general can be the most debilitating part of any person's psyche. 19-year-old Hunter fights with his own predisposition to addiction, his inability to commit, and his hatred for his mother. He is older than the real-life "Hunter" that Ellen Hopkins calls her grandson (son); therefore, his story is predicted--fake-- but his thoughts and feelings are real. He is strong, flawed, inspiring, protecting, loving, and temperamental. 17-year-old Autumn struggles with high school, OCD, panic disorders, abandonment issues, and first loves. 15-year-old Summer faces the horrors of foster care, drugs, addiction, love and lovers, and her father's inability to stop screwing up.
The characters and their stories are touching, well-paced, and interesting. The final installment of this saga is a very satisfying conclusion to the drama. Hopkins' problem stories always have underlying lessons or thought-provoking themes for her readers to take away. This allows all readers to understand even more about the full effects of the terrifying drug, methamphetamine, not only on users but on their family and friends as well. It was truly heart-wrenching and nearly tear-inducing as I read through the chaos, anger, resentment, and destruction caused by such unfortunate seemingly innocent, life-changing, events we have watched unfold since book one. You'll find yourself hoping, wishing, pleading for a happy ending but Hopkins reminds you: real life doesn't end, there is always fallout. (less)