I had to read this three times in high school and each time it grew more and more on me. The story is just so unique and gives so much insight into Gr...moreI had to read this three times in high school and each time it grew more and more on me. The story is just so unique and gives so much insight into Greek culture. (less)
This was a really interesting and really unique book. It's the journey the author makes to his grandmothers grave in order to understand his Kiowa her...moreThis was a really interesting and really unique book. It's the journey the author makes to his grandmothers grave in order to understand his Kiowa heritage. It is a very small but very dense book, filled with a lot of history and insight. There are three different voices throughout the novel which the tell a Kiowa folktale, a historical narrative, and the narrator's personal insight.
Overall it was a different than any other book that I have ever read in terms of both style and content and I recommend it to anyone who's willing to check out something interesting and unexpected.(less)
On a good note, I thought this book had a really unique and interesting concept. Other than that, it was really bad. Eliza, the main character, is really annoying and paranoid and made me want to gag her.She's constantly overreacting and is really suspicious of everyone's motives.
The story is about Eliza losing a notebook that has all of her personal fears in it and then being blackmailed into doing them so the finder won't post the notebook online.
Basically all the female characters are really bad portrayals of women and the men are just as bad.Eliza has two best friends: one is a tease and the other just gangs around the guys she likes waiting for him to make a "booty call". The only "good" character I would say is Cooper, Eliza's ex, but he can also be cheesy at times.
Overall, the dialogue is horrible, the plot is predictable and underdeveloped, the characters are annoying and one-dimensional, and most of the messages are negative.
I wish I could say more good things about this book but like I said, the only thing a thought was remotely positive about this book was the fact that it had an interesting concept and promoted the idea of conquering your fears.
**spoiler alert** So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez is a about two kids from different backgrounds and cultures coming together and discovering things ab...more**spoiler alert** So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez is a about two kids from different backgrounds and cultures coming together and discovering things about themselves. Xio, an 13 year old Latina whose father left her when she was little, is a very forward girl and always gets what she wants and she wants Frederick. Frederick is the new kid from the Mid-West who finds it a little difficult to cope with not only a new place but a different culture as well. He also has some internal struggles he tries to work out.
The book is told from Xio and Frederick's point of view and while they are both distinguishable they are also very generic and bland. The writing from Xio's perspective s vapid and two-dimensional; I understand that the character is a self-centered pre-teen but her voice was too whiny and clueless and boring for me to have any sympathy for her. She was actually quite annoying. I thought that Frederick's voice was much more developed and interesting. His voice was very believable as a young boy questioning his sexuality which has only really developed in the time he has been at his new school. As a young teen in a new place Frederick finds himself in a position where new things are starting to happen in a completely foreign environment. He meets Xio who is a conceited but self-assured young teen who decides that she wants him to be his boyfriend as well as Iggy, the aienated "queer" and Victor, the hot soccer captain.
One last closing issue was the use of the Spanish language throughout the book. I am personally not a big fan of incorporating language into books because it is always forced and awkward and out of place which was exactly the case here. Being Mexican myself I realize that the Spanish is only there to hint at the culture rather that capture it. Real Latinos use Spanglish like the book does but with more frequency and fluidity so that you don't realize it. The glossary at the end is useful but I feel that the words should be understood in the context and should not have to be put in a glossary.
Overall the book was ok; the female voice was horrid, the overall writing was mediocre, and the Spanglish was disappointing. The only redeeming quality was Frederick and his innocent journey of finding his identity and the courage to be who he is in a new place. I think it's a good coming out story for middle school readers (if they can stand reading Xio's point of view).(less)
Annexed by Sharon Dogar was not what I expected but was overall a pretty good read. I was really drawn in by the cover, the tag line and the title but once I got into the story I wasn't that intrigued which is why it took so long for me to finish the book.
The basic story of the first part of the book is Peter's thoughts and perspective his time hiding, Anne, and the outside world. The second part is after the Franks and van Pels were caught and Peter's experiences in Auschwitz. The second part is a lot more interesting than the first because it offers more insight and description of the camps as opposed to Peter's constant longing for the outside and his love for Anne which was a recurring theme in the first part. Not to say that those weren't valid points to address in Peter's story but I felt that the repetition was more boring and mundane than monotonous and the only way to survive.
Overall I think that this is a pretty worthwhile read if you are interested in the Holocaust like I am. I don't know for sure but I like to think that the image on the cover is actually Peter because I think that it is a wonderful photograph. I have no intention of buying this book but I will always remember that I read it and the wonderful imagery it yielded in the second part.