I read this book three times and my opinion of the book has changed each time. The importance of this? Just think how complex and well written a book...moreI read this book three times and my opinion of the book has changed each time. The importance of this? Just think how complex and well written a book is if you can take different meanings from a novel at different stages of your life.
Here is a mini recap of what I thought each time I read it...
4th Grade: Poor piggy! I'm glad he found a nice spider friend. I'm so sad that Charlotte died at the end! But I still hate spiders.
8th Grade: I guess it is a really good outlook on growing up... I didn't realize until now how Fern spends less and less time with Wilbur as she grows older until now.
Junior in College: ARGH! Why did I ever feel sorry for Wilbur? He's a cry baby! And poor Charlotte, always having to take care of whiny Wilbur. I don't blame Fern at all for not caring about her pet pig. (Unfortunately, my dislike for the annoying pig prevents me from giving it a higher rating. I hear enough whining in life, I don't need to hear it from a pig.)(less)
Call me a snob, but I can’t help but firmly believe that 95% of books written for children are junk. They have weak plots, poor character development,...moreCall me a snob, but I can’t help but firmly believe that 95% of books written for children are junk. They have weak plots, poor character development, and hitting myself with these books are less painful than trying to actually read them. But once in awhile, I come across a book that falls in the rare, but still plausible, 5%. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Giver, and Walk Two Moons all fall in this 5%. So does The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
If you take a cup of humor, spoonfuls of sadness, handfuls of awkwardness, and a whole lot of honesty, mix it together and bake it into a book, this is would be the end result.
But the true magic of this book is that Alexie takes suck a heavy concept and somehow manages to put it together in a package that you can swallow. And just because it is a children’s book doesn’t mean that the message is dummified or written like it was meant to be read by 3 year olds either. This in itself deserves applause. (less)
The novel follows the story of Katniss, a competitor at the annual Hunger Games. The game is comprised of two representatives (for a lack of a better...moreThe novel follows the story of Katniss, a competitor at the annual Hunger Games. The game is comprised of two representatives (for a lack of a better word) from each district who will fight each other until there is only one person left alive. And the best part is that the whole game is broadcasted live for everyone to watch.
Now, the book has gotten rave reviews and fans of the book are extremely passionate, so I’m a weary of only giving this book two stars. But, in all honesty, the book was just okay. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t outstanding. Just okay.
First of all, the main character Katniss is not very likeable, which is hard to believe. She sacrifices herself for her little sister, provides for her family, has brains, and shoots an arrow with deadly accuracy. But she’s also a whiner and at times her character is not developed well enough so she seems to have two personalities. The supporting characters are better developed and memorable than her.
Also, the plot isn’t highly original. In fact, the concept is very much like the movie Battle Royale, in which students are dropped off at an island to kill each other. And to be honest, there are much better novels out there about dystopia or post-apocalyptic world.
So overall, the book is not great, not bad – just okay. (less)
**spoiler alert** I was a junior in college when I first read Bridge to Terabithia. And I didn’t even read it because I wanted to – the title never ma...more**spoiler alert** I was a junior in college when I first read Bridge to Terabithia. And I didn’t even read it because I wanted to – the title never made the book appealing to me – but because I had to for the Children’s Lit class I was taking. I approached the reading assignment like any other homework assignment. It was chore, something I did the night before the day I was suppose to have a quiz, not realizing that 2 hours later, I would find myself bawling, blowing my nose into a roll of toilet paper because I ran out of Kleenex, and vowing that if I ever had kids, I would never let them read it because it was just too traumatizing. And after that, while I still kept the book with me, I never picked up the book again.
Then the movie came out. I was so disappointment in the trailers and just knew that movies can never be as good as the book. So I didn’t watch it, until recently. I prepared myself to cry, and this time, it was more like a trickle of tears than the flood that I remember that came out pouring from me. I couldn’t help wondering if this was how the story was, or if I was mis-remembering my reaction to the book.
So I re-read it again. Big mistake. I was definitely not wrong – I became totally weepy and am now sitting here with puffy, red eyes.
I still don’t know if I would want to have any kids read it. If it was this traumatizing to me, how would they be able to handle it? Or will they not understand the depth of the book and therefore be less affected? But one thing for sure, at one point in their lives, everyone has to read this book. How powerful is the writing that words written on only 128 pages can have such a profound effect to evoke such emotions? This novel is definitely not something to be ignored. Maybe you won’t cry, maybe you’ll think of me as a big baby or overly emotional, but you are in total denial if the story doesn’t touch you in someway. (less)