American Born Chinese is a graphic novel. It's three different stories in one book.
I guess maybe I wasn't all that invested in this book but I can haAmerican Born Chinese is a graphic novel. It's three different stories in one book.
I guess maybe I wasn't all that invested in this book but I can hardly remember what it was about. I know it involved a legendary monkey, a kid who wanted to be someone else, and a boy who felt upstaged by his cousin. It was interesting and a quick read but it didn't hold after.
However, I did come away with the fact that you should always strive to be who you are and respect your background. ...more
Enchanted starts out with Sunday Woodcutter meeting a frog in the woods. As they talk she finds out that the frogs name is Grumble, he use to be a manEnchanted starts out with Sunday Woodcutter meeting a frog in the woods. As they talk she finds out that the frogs name is Grumble, he use to be a man, and that he can't remember his old life. She reveals her family life to him through the stories that she tells him. However, after their third meeting in the woods by the well things get busy for Sunday: her aunt starts to train her in magic and her sisters and herself have to get supplies for the upcoming ball. More accurately, three balls that the newly returned prince has planned, He is Rumbold, the prince that her family despises, the very prince that singles her out at the first ball. As Sunday morns the loss of a friend, finds herself falling for the prince, deals with her family dynamics, and is trying to rein in her own magical powers something much more nefarious is going on in the castle and she's about to find out exactly what.
Enchanted is a lovely mix of every fairytale I have ever heard and then some. Kontis does a lovely job with characterization, point-of-view, and plot, weaving a tale that is truly unique. She doesn’t lose anytime characterizing Sunday and her family with stories that Sunday tells Grumble. By the end of the story, these people are so real to you. The point-of-view of the story switches every other chapter, going back and forth between Sunday and the Prince, in a way that gives the story more depth. It gave the book a good contrast and it dragged you away from the typical plot line. She had, basically, two plots that twirled together and only met at certain parts. The whole focus was not on the romance but the demons that each character had to face down, on their own. ...more
Ponyboy boy hasn't had it easy growing up. His family is dirt poor, his parents are dead, and his older brother clearly doesn't love him. He's decentPonyboy boy hasn't had it easy growing up. His family is dirt poor, his parents are dead, and his older brother clearly doesn't love him. He's decent enough in school but rarely uses his head. Thank goodness he has Soda Pop, his brother, and Johnny his best friend. But then something happens-something big. Pony has to figure out who he is, what he needs to do, and how to do it. All the while dealing with family, friends, and the Socs, a tuff band of kids from his school who like to pick on him.
I found Ponyboy to be a very engaging narrator. His sentences weren't perfectly put together but you got the gist of what he was saying in a tone and style that was all relative to the life he was living. His story was a sad story that twisted my gut, wrenched it to the point of misery-but that's the point I guess. By the end of this story you love the characters so much it's hard to let go of them, it's hard to close the book. Hinton did a great job of creating these realistic characters. She is so good with putting you on the dark street in front of the movie theater, waiting. ...more
Three kleptos walk into a Shoplifters Anonymous how long does it take for them to decide to go on a stealing spree? Exactly one and a half meetings. TThree kleptos walk into a Shoplifters Anonymous how long does it take for them to decide to go on a stealing spree? Exactly one and a half meetings. That's it. All three girls were represented but in totally different mediums. Tabitha's was straight up prose. Elodie's was in verse style. Moe wrote in her journal. It's like Leverage meets high school and then flirts with Breakfast Club.
I liked how the story wasn't focused on the fact that they stole but more of the reasons behind it. What is the real reason the girl who has everything steals? What makes a good girl so crazy that stealing is the only solution? Does the burnout have a secret about her stealing methods? ...more
Wins: What you HAVE to understand about this book is the fact that it isn't a lavish tale. It doesn't go into deep description or characterize all thatWins: What you HAVE to understand about this book is the fact that it isn't a lavish tale. It doesn't go into deep description or characterize all that much. What it does is highlight the importance of it's message. That message: The importance of friendship. This book is good in the way that it defines real grief. The blind rage we get when someone passes, the guilt when someone sacrifices for us, the hole that a person can leave in our life. It was fairly quick read. It's only about one-hundred pages long and it's stuffed pretty full. Even though this book doesn't have much depth into the characters you still can fill that void with the little the author gives you. He gives you a skeleton and you can fill it in the way you want. The idea that a character blames their best friend for their fathers death? Very, very human. This is the reason why I agreed to review this book. This idea intrigued me and I wanted to see how it played out. "Look at all the misery we've had to face with only the cliches to comfort us." pg 39. It seems like this should be a lyric in a song. It's beautiful.
Fails: You have no idea what Mae or her mother or Heidi even look like. This characterization is needed for a clear picture in your head. I felt like I only saw a vague and blurry picture of what it could be. A book should take you there. This is probably just a I-am-the-only-one-who-really-cares-about-this-sort-of-thing thing but it drives me nuts. She calls her Mom Mummy and her Dad Daddy. She's fourteen, not four. Now I get the Daddy and I can over look it but Mummy? It just makes me think about Docto Who. (I also feel this way about the word tummy. We are not little kids.) (It's not just that it's used but that it is used through the whole book. I mean if you call them Mom for most of the book and then Mummy when you are sad or really need them that's fine but the whole book? I just can't do it, self edit sets in.)
Overall: This book is like a gem that could use some polishing but it still shines without it. A great commentary on loss and life. ...more