Theories of Relativity: A novelBarbra Haworth-Attard. A young man (Dylan) struggles to make it while living in the streets when his mother kicks him...moreTheories of Relativity: A novelBarbra Haworth-Attard. A young man (Dylan) struggles to make it while living in the streets when his mother kicks him out. He meets a group of other young people who either help him get by or fall deeper into the black hole of the street life.
This book was a book chosen in a local book club. I was eager to read this book because I work with at risk youth in a major city and it kills me when I see youth living in the streets.
This book in focused towards young adult readers, however, anyone reading this book can learn something very important. We see kids in the streets everyday, and we see homeless people trying to make it. However, we rarely think about their past. What got them into that situation?
Barbra does a great job to at least open up the doors for us to look into this life. She does a great job in character development. Each character has his/her unique style. She also does a great job keeping readers guessing if the character is good or bad. After reading a couple of chapters you find it hard not to care for each character.
The plot has a very realistic feel to it. The author does a great job to pull you right in from the start. It is extremely hard to guess what is going to happen next. Every turn seems to get worse for Dylan. The readers will not help but wonder when it will it ever end and finally get better for this kid. Nevertheless, that is what makes this book so good. It does not always get better in the streets. Therefore, Barbra does a great job to have a realistic look on things and life in the streets.
I had a hard time getting past the end of the first half of the book. It seems like it started to loose some steam, but was very satisfied the second half of the book. Not only does it pick up steam but also I found myself not able to put the book down.
This is a great read for everyone. Not just youth. The book receives four stars. (less)
I didnt think I would like this book. But after getting through the first hundred pages, I just couldnt put it down. James Blake has a gift of writing...moreI didnt think I would like this book. But after getting through the first hundred pages, I just couldnt put it down. James Blake has a gift of writing that totally sucks you in.
This book is not for young readers, but only for good mature adults..(less)
I loved this book. I kept reading about how funny it was, so I decided to give it a shot. I didnt think that the book was "that" funny :) If it was it...moreI loved this book. I kept reading about how funny it was, so I decided to give it a shot. I didnt think that the book was "that" funny :) If it was it would have gotten my full 5 star review... I only gave it 4. A five from me is very hard to get.
The book started out really slow for my liking. But I'm used to it because I'm a big fan of John Grisham and he usually starts his book pretty slow to paint the picture in your mind of what he wants you to see. JG does a great job in this book. He takes his time describing the characters. After a couple of chapters you feel as if you know these guys personally or "you are that person".
A new law student hitting the road of life hard! A story that could happen to anyone of us if were willing to work hard :)
I dont want to give away too much of the story here but this book was really entertaining and I enjoyed it very much. I liked the story so much that I ordered the Ebook version to add to my ebook reader so I can take this story on the road and away from home.
So, go out and take some time and read this book. It recommended :)(less)
I tried to get away from reading this book for a long time, but then I realized that there is no escaping it!
Everywhere I went I saw one of the three hunger games books around. You cannot step into a local Barnes and Noble without seeing on of these books. What is all the hype about anyway? Can these books really be that good? KNA no WAY! Well, at least that is what I thought. I tried to get away from it but eventually I fell in and started to read the first book of the trilogy “The Hunger Games.”
From reading the cover, you can tell that this book is targeting Young Adults, however; after reading a couple of chapters Suzanne does a great pulling people of all ages into the story.
Quick Synopsis from GoodReads: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Review: This book captures the true essence of survival and emotions. What is love? What are we willing to do to survive? What is real? The book will have you on the edge of your personal emotions, with non-stop thinking of how you would react to certain situations. I had to stop reading a couple of times just to catch my breath. Suzanne Collins sure has a way to astound you in her artistic talent of writing.
Character development: Suzanne Collins does a great job with developing her characters. It does not take long to know all the major characters in her novel. It is even amazing how she only gives you enough of each to keep you guessing. You know just enough to know the person. However, not enough to know what they are thinking or what they are planning to do next. WOW!
Plot: I have read many books on survival and post apocalyptic adventures. This is I guess what caused me to stay away from this book for so long. Most books in this genre usually are similar. At least of all the books that I read. However, this book took me totally by surprise. We read about survival, a civilization trying to make it, a common enemy who no one dares to fight, and sacrifices being made at all levels of humanity.
The story is full with so many turns that it is hard to put the book down.
The hunger Games takes you away into a different land and different mental zone. A book that causes you to drink extra coffee the next morning because you stood up all night reading wondering what is going to happen next. I love these types of books.
This definitely gets 5 out of 5 stars.
Please do not take so long as I did to read this book. I wish I had read it long ago. Cannot wait to read the other two in the trilogy, especially since I know I cannot escape them.
O.k.. so I finished "Misery" Took me 6 days of slow reading. I’m not the fastest reader.
What can I say about this book without giving nothing away to...moreO.k.. so I finished "Misery" Took me 6 days of slow reading. I’m not the fastest reader.
What can I say about this book without giving nothing away to those who haven’t read it.. ummm
Well, I give the book 3 (like it) out of 5 stars (Loved it). It was not one of my favorite Stephen King books. Don’t get me wrong, its not a bad book, its just not one of my favorites.
S.K. did a great job in Character development. By the end of the story you tend to really know the characters well enough to try to guess what there going to do next.
The plot and story line is real interesting. Its not everyday you get to read a novel in a novel... the story kind of dragged on towards the second half and the ending was crazy... but good overall.
I kind of felt bad for Annie and her bipolerism lol... parts of the book make me crack up while I read it. She had some issues!!!! I sometimes wondered what I would have done if I was in Paul’s shoes… or … ummm shoe :P
Overall, a great book to read on the weekend, but if you want to read a good SK book, read "The Stand" (less)
"If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened—that, surely, was more t...moreReview of 1984 by George Orwell
"If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death." - George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3
After such a bad experience reading “The Giver,” a decision was made to go back and finally read “1984.” The Giver left this reader hungry for a good dystopian book and I must say that 1984 filled that void. "1984" is a masterpiece and very well constructed. This is a mind-mending book that will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Not trying to connect the dots of the characters world and your own is impossible after being pulled into this written world.
The big plus about this book was that the characters keep their human nature intact. Although they face so many challenges that tend to bend truth and reality. Many other dystopian books tend to recreate humanity to fit into the story line; however, in “1984” the author does a great job to keep the human side safe in the main character. How much can a person take when everywhere you turn seems to lead to a dead end? A great journey in a world of chaos with Winston Smith who faces many challenges and might go insane as he tried to get through them.
Sit back, read, and enjoy this book as much as I did.
“George Orwell” Does a great job in developing his characters. The best books written are the ones that pull you into the story and make you feel the same emotions that the characters feel. “1984” does just that.
The plot is full of many turns that challenge the characters as well as your mind. Guessing what happens next is a challenge, a big plus.
The setting is incredibly shocking. A world so disfuntional yet organized, that is meant for the better of society. However, a deeper agenda involved is hurting the overall population.
Book Flow: The book flow varies from chapter to chapter. Some chapters will flow faster then others. The last third of the book will slow down a bit as the author puts all the pieces of the puzzle together.
"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared." —...more Review of The Giver by Lois Lowry
"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared." — Lois Lowry (The Giver)
I am surprised that I did not like this book, especially after all the 4 and 5 star reviews. This being the first dystopian type of book read I tried to keep an open mind and see the bigger picture. However, the more I read the more I wanted to put the book down. Do not get me wrong, I understand the point of the book; however, I believe it was poorly written and the plot was just boring. I am sure others feel different.
The interesting part of The Giver was the way that the people lived. I wont get too deep into that, I'll let you discover that yourself if you decide to read the book. While reading, many questions passed my mind. I expected that at least some of them would be answered by the end of the book. Unfortunately, not many questions were answered and it left me with a feeling that I wasted my time. That is the worst feeling when reading a book.
Some of biggest problems with this book are that human nature seems to be taken away. We as humans have certain characteristics that make us who we are. Included in these characteristics are thinking, acting, and feeling emotions. These characteristics seem to be taken away from the characters in The Giver. How? That is never made clear.
The characters in this book are somewhat well developed. Each character has a unique style and personality, even in their situation. Some characters seem too robotic and mechanical. However, the author might have purposely created his characters that way to add to the overall story.
The plot tells a good story about a society in a completely controlled state for the so-called better of the overall civilization. However, the book is full with so many holes and questions that the book feels incomplete.
The setting of the book is tolerable, especially for a book like this. Things do not seem to be what they really are, which keeps the reader entertained enough to continue reading to see what is real and what is not.
The book is short enough to read in one weekend. It flows pretty well, however the ending seemed to drag, pulling the reader along.
I could not put this book down. The book was so good that I wish it did not have an ending. A truly amazing work of art full of emotion and powerful words.
"I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." — Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)
Quick Synopsis from GoodReads:
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she cannot resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
What an amazing book. A book that will stay with you, even after the last page. The story, although sad in some areas, is just incredible. The love and passion that Liesel has for words could be found in all people who really enjoy reading a good book.
Markus Zusak a great job with his use of colors. He has a very special gift of pulling the reader right into the story. His descriptions of the settings are marvelous to say the least. Truly Amazing!
The Characters are great in this novel. Each character has his/her own personality and quality. It is guaranteed that you will fall in love with one or more of the characters in this book.
The design of this novel is one of a kind. The narrator is death in a setting that is surrounded by it. The emotions run high for the reader, the narrator, and the characters in the book. You will follow the life of a young child who grows up loving words and the people around her. Throughout her journey, she learns how worlds can also destroy.
WWII Germany. The authors’ artistic talent is shown in the way he describes each seen to the readers. He writes in such a way that you can almost see yourself being there; a talent unique to only few writers. However, the author does an incredible job doing it in The Book Thief.
The book is a little long, however, flows very smoothly. Each chapter brings new twists and turns to keep the reader entertained for hours reading this book.
5 out of 5 stars!!! A must read for all who love to read books. (less)
How can a dog lover do a fair review of this book?
This is hard to do with this book. I believe the ratings of this book will be based on whether or not the rater is an animal lover or not. That being said I will try to give a fair review.
Quick Synopsis from GoodReads:
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the racetrack, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.
I really enjoyed this book. The dog as a narrator took some getting used too; however, the author does a great job to remind the reader that it is a dog narrating and not a human.
The book will tug at your emotions. This book is full of trouble and heartache. So if you are a very sentimental person, be prepared to shed some tears. The book is not all sad, there are parts of this book that will laughing out loud.
It seems that nothing goes right for “Denny.” There are times in the book where you will find yourself yelling at the book to warn Denny not to put himself in some situations. When a book could do that to you, you know it is a good book.
The chapters are small and the books flow is fast so reading through this book is a snap. It is a short read so you can actually read this book in a couple of hours. It is a great weekend book. I recommend this book to not just dog lovers but readers alike.
Character development :
The author does a great job in character development. Each character has his or her own unique style and personality, including the dog Enzo. You cannot help but to empathize with Denny. You will get angry with the antagonists in the book however, you will understand why they do what they do.
The books plot takes many turns (no pun intended). The books plot is predictable. Nevertheless, you will continue reading to see what happens next. Its interesting to see how Denny reacts to the situations at hand.
The story has a unique was to compare life to racing. I enjoyed that because it sometimes takes you away from the story to think about what was just written.
My favorite quote: "The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles - preferably of his own making - in order to triumph." It is a very well written story.