Oh mah gawd, does MamaO know how to spin a yarn. Normally, this kind of book isn't totally my thing but Heather O, is a friend and I know she's a greaOh mah gawd, does MamaO know how to spin a yarn. Normally, this kind of book isn't totally my thing but Heather O, is a friend and I know she's a great writer. So I gave it a shot.
I am so glad I did.
Let me tell you something about most fiction knitting books: the knitting references come off as hokey and forced. And every metaphor and simile ends up knitting related. I love to knit as much as the next gal, but it's way too much. Not this book.
Hannah Rose is a prolific knitter, yes, but it's not shoved down your throat every other page. I was surprised to read that her knitting does become a plot point because it was subtly included and alluded to.
Also, HR is spunky! And feisty! And knows herself/her self worth! But she's not obnoxious! Nor is she an overwrought caricature of a 'strong woman'. She's open to finding love and thankfully, doesn't lose her sense of self in the process.
The last third of the book was very difficult for me to get through. Like the protagonist, I started my junior year of high school September 2001. While I wasn't in NYC for September 11th, our school faced midtown/downtown New York on the other side of the Hudson River. We were used as a triage center for the folks getting evacuated. It was a surreal time to be in Union City. The older I get, the harder it is to read and remember that time. I had to quickly flip through the more explicit parts of the narration. However, that's my hang up and in no part Heather's fault.
Thank you, MamaO, for writing a book that features teenagers that doesn't suck. ...more
It was OK. I felt like the ending was rushed and the resolution was a little too tidy. Also, I didn't see how she was selfish or greedy. Ah well, I'mIt was OK. I felt like the ending was rushed and the resolution was a little too tidy. Also, I didn't see how she was selfish or greedy. Ah well, I'm well out of targeted demographic for this book!...more
Eh, it was okay. I didn't feel like Sarah actually grew as a character by the end of the book. They talk about her being more mature now but didn't reEh, it was okay. I didn't feel like Sarah actually grew as a character by the end of the book. They talk about her being more mature now but didn't really show it. I also felt like the sub-plot about her mother was dropped without a real resolution.
Sarah takes down the posters about her mother's performances but I still don't understand why.
As much as I love the movie, I think the screenplay also suffers from this. Sarah doesn't really grow, she just stops saying, "it's not fair!" but I don't feel like she actually matures. Reading about the constant revisions to the script by different authors makes sense why her character arc seems so disjointed.
I also felt like the book didn't really enhance the story behind the movie like the "Dark Crystal" did. I was hoping for more backstory on Jareth or a better look into his motivation. Is he really attracted to Sarah or does he merely want to control her like he controls everything else in the Labyrinth?
Perhaps I'm just looking for rules in a world where there are no rules, just Jareth's whims....more