I loved how Jerry Spinelli addresses the age old topic of conformity through the characters of Leo and Stargirl. Though this is a teen novel, adults cI loved how Jerry Spinelli addresses the age old topic of conformity through the characters of Leo and Stargirl. Though this is a teen novel, adults can still fall into following the majority rather than being an individual. Often times we find it easier to hide behind what everyone else does, wears, and says just so we can feel “normal.”
Leo Borlock represents the delicate balance of people being intrigued by those who are not afraid be individuals, and yet cannot quite be individualistic themselves. Stargirl, on the other hand, represents the few who proudly proclaim their idiosyncrasies and are not concerned what others think.
What Spinelli brings to the table in Stargirl is the danger of denying our true individuality and the consequences that ensue. The question that hangs in the air after reading this story is: How much do we lose of ourselves in order to feel part of a whole? ...more
I love this book because when I was a teen it did not seem that there were books written as boldly as this one was. Especially given that the subjectI love this book because when I was a teen it did not seem that there were books written as boldly as this one was. Especially given that the subject matter is rape. Anderson writes very directly and the sarcasm of Melinda propels the story forward.
As a reader we see her inner thoughts and feelings. We go through the journey will her in the wake of her horrifying experience. We see her shut down and numb, but we also get to see her begin to trust again. The imagery of the tree that is carried throughout the story is such a perfect metaphor for Melinda.
Anderson's writing is pure poetry:
"Little rabbit heart leaps out of my chest and scampers across the paper, leaving bloody footprints on my roots."
"I crouch by the trunk, my fingers stroking the bark, seeking a Braille code, a clue, a message on how to come back to life after my long undersnow dormancy. I have survived. I am here. Confused, screwed up, but here. So, how can I find my way? Is there a chain saw of the soul, an ax I can take to my memories or fears? I dig my fingers into the dirt and squeeze. A small, clean part of me waits to warm and burst through the surface."
"The tears dissolve the last block of ice in my throat. I feel the frozen stillness melt down through the inside of me, dripping shards of ice that vanish in a puddle of sunlight on the stained floor. Words float up."
Through everything, Melinda finds her voice and the courage to speak....more
The simplistic style of storytelling that Patricia McCormick uses in Sold does not minimize the gravity of the issue of human trafficking. In a worldThe simplistic style of storytelling that Patricia McCormick uses in Sold does not minimize the gravity of the issue of human trafficking. In a world where human trafficking of young girls is a thriving industry, this book brings it to light in a powerful way. Seeing through the eyes of Lakshmi, the reader is taken through her experience of being taken from her home, under the impression she will work as a maid to earn money for her family, to the dark world of prostitution. As a young 13 year old she has to learn how to survive, and to hold onto hope when there seems to be none in the shadows of twilight....more
I think I am one of the few people who are just now joining in the Harry Potter phenomenon. Now having read this book I have to say that I think J.K.I think I am one of the few people who are just now joining in the Harry Potter phenomenon. Now having read this book I have to say that I think J.K. Rowling is a genius.
The start of this book reminded me of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach with Harry living with relatives who didn't really want him, but once the letters start coming from Hogwarts the story takes on its own shape. The story progresses and carries itself effortlessly. It keeps the reader hungry for what is coming page after page.
Harry is a character that a reader immediately invests in because of the knowledge that he was orphaned as a baby, as well as the fact that he is modestly unaware of how unique he is.
Even though these books seem to be more for children and adolescents, they are just as enjoyable for adults. It is easy to get lost in the world of Harry Potter....more
Following Lily Owens on her journey to find unconditional love, and answers to the questions about the mother she never knew, leaves the reader with tFollowing Lily Owens on her journey to find unconditional love, and answers to the questions about the mother she never knew, leaves the reader with their heart broken wide open.
During her time of learning the secret lives of bees from the three Boatwright Sisters, Lily discovers something about herself: she is worthy of the purest kind of love and is surrounded by more mothers than she could have dreamed.
Sue Monk Kidd's story is beautifully poetic and tragically vulnerable. Truly a classic piece of literature....more