This book feels disconnected. Hopping from one topic or thought to another. It feels disjointed and lacks focus. I didn't enjoy reading this as a whol...moreThis book feels disconnected. Hopping from one topic or thought to another. It feels disjointed and lacks focus. I didn't enjoy reading this as a whole Certain parts, when her dad visits to see the painting, how paintings are restored, some of the imagery, were interesting though. Overall though. I wouldn't recommend this book.(less)
Max is a twelve year old boy who's parents have disappeared. He is left to stay with his Grammie and neither know what to make of the situation. Max's parents are actors and prone to going on trips and adventures, but not without Max. This is a whole new adventure for Max. Along the way he makes some friends and figures out how to make enough money for himself to live.
I thought Max was a good character. Children would be able to relate to his wanting independence but not being old enough for it. He is the son of actors but claims he isn't very good at acting. Throughout the story though he takes on many different roles of characters his parents have portrayed on stage. He is good enough at his acting that he fools other people into thinking he is older than he really is. I don't think Max gives himself enough credit in his acting abilities. As he tries to find out what happened to his parents, he realizes he is good at solving problems. This is how he makes money to live on without having to get a regular job.
I liked Pia. She is a sassy, chatterbox girl around Max's age. She meets Max while he is on one of his assignments. She sticks to him doesn't let him shake her even though he insists he doesn't need help. She chatters and asks questions which give Max ideas on how to solve his problems. Pia is a fun character who livens up the story.
Cynthia Voigt does a good job of interweaving all the problems Max is solving together. Jobs that have nothing to do with each other are easily intertwined and the reader is able to follow how they connect. Some were easily picked out how they would fit into the story and others have a nice surprise ending. It was enough mystery to keep you wanting to read more.
I received this arc via NetGalley and thought it would be an interesting read. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overwhelmed with it either. I liked the story and am interested enough in the story to read the upcoming second book in this three book series to find out what happens to Max's parents.
Overall, I gave this book a 3.5 stars. I liked it and want to read the next in the series to find out where the cliffhanger leads to next. But I felt there were some elements of the story that were predictable or flat. As a main character, Max fell short for me. There were other characters I thought were more interesting and I wanted to know more about. I did wonder throughout the story why the adults treated Max as if he was an adult. The most interesting thing about him, which is overly stated throughout the story, is his eyes. From what I have gathered they are a shade of unusual gray. I wanted some more from him since he was the main character. The story has an old fashioned feel that will bring you back to an earlier era when things were simpler, yet things aren't simple for Max.
I feel that what I liked about the book edged out what I didn't care for in the book to bring me back to read the second book when it comes out and recommend it to readers. I do want to know what happens next in finding Max's parents. There was a good cliffhanger at the end that will leave the reader wanting to know what comes next. I am hoping that some of my favorite characters will make more appearances in the second and third book. Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things just arrived on the shelves today, September 10, 2013. I am guessing, as it goes with most books, the second in the series will be coming out within the next year or so, but don't let that deter you. This is an easy, fast read that gives the reader a chance to use their skills of deduction of how Max will solve problems and leave you guessing what happened to his parents.(less)
I am not normally a fan of poetry. I enjoyed reading these poems, though. There are a lot of poems in this collection that many, myself included, can...moreI am not normally a fan of poetry. I enjoyed reading these poems, though. There are a lot of poems in this collection that many, myself included, can relate to. I enjoyed the variety of poems. You can do a close reading and interrupt the poems and what is underlying in them or you can read them for pleasure and the straightforwardness. This is one book of poetry that will actually stay on my shelves.(less)
I read Escaping Darkness before reading The Stone Guardian and had to come back and read this. I wanted to know what I had missed. The Stone Guardian...moreI read Escaping Darkness before reading The Stone Guardian and had to come back and read this. I wanted to know what I had missed. The Stone Guardian starts with Ashley (The Stone Guardian) and her best friend, Tara, in an orphanage for "troubled" children. Ashley and Tara are recused from the orphanage by Renato and friends. This is when Ashley finds out her real destiny and purpose in life. I enjoyed reading The Stone Guardian. I wanted to find out the backstory of the characters and I wasn't disappointed. (less)
I am trying to figure out how people call this a great feminist novel. I did not care for Edna at all. Even thinking of the story in the era it was wr...moreI am trying to figure out how people call this a great feminist novel. I did not care for Edna at all. Even thinking of the story in the era it was written she felt more like a self-centered child than an adult. (less)
I was assigned this book for my News Writing and Reporting class. I appreciated the straight forward, no-bias view the book brought. It didn't give an...moreI was assigned this book for my News Writing and Reporting class. I appreciated the straight forward, no-bias view the book brought. It didn't give any opinions of how the reporters writing it felt or told the reader what they should think. It just told the facts. While I thought it was a slow moving story I thought it was a good read. It gave insight into how Bernstein and Woodward went about collecting their information, arguing over sources, and telling it how it all happened. (less)
I remember liking this book when I grew up. Discussing it in class made me realize I really don't care for it. I did enjoy reading the language Twain...moreI remember liking this book when I grew up. Discussing it in class made me realize I really don't care for it. I did enjoy reading the language Twain uses though.(less)
I received this book from my mom from Christmas. I hadn’t planned on reading it for a while because I had others I had wanted to read first. Something...moreI received this book from my mom from Christmas. I hadn’t planned on reading it for a while because I had others I had wanted to read first. Something kept bringing me back to it though. I had started it but kept getting distracted with school. So I threw in it in my bag and figured I would start reading it during my flight and finish it later. Well, folks. That didn’t happen. I read the entire thing from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down.
Camron Wright draws you in from the beginning. This is a story about a family who lives in a dump in Cambodia. What is there to draw you in? Let’s start with the characters. I fell in love with Sang Ly almost immediately. I could relate to her struggle to want to provide for her family and having to take care of her son who is sick. I felt for her through the pages.
Then there is the setting. When I first started reading it I was wondering why in the world the setting would be in a dump. There is a very good reason for it. I hadn’t gotten a chance to look up the story but after reading the author’s note at the end I completely understand. For some in Cambodia, living in the dump is how they make their living. It’s how they survive. It is not ideal but it’s how they can provide for their families.
Wright does a wonderful job of drawing you in and making you want to find out what lengths Sang Ly is willing to go to help her son, Nisay, get better. She is willing to put her pride aside and ask for help from The Rent Collector, Sopeap Sin. Sopeap has many names from those she collects rent from, including Cow, but the one she loves the best, that no one has called her for many years, is teacher. In a twist of fate, Sang Ly is able to convince Sopeap to teach her how to read. Sang Ly’s thirst for knowledge and to learn seems to grow with each lesson.
But not everything can have a happy ending. While some things work out, others do not. Another passenger told me that I would cry at the end and they were right. I was sad when the book ended. I enjoyed the journey that Wright brought me on through the dump, gang violence, some parts of life in Cambodia, and the two womens’ struggles as they each find their path.
I also enjoyed the stories within the story. There are traditional stories that most have heard about as well as others that most may not have heard about. I look forward to reading this again because I know there will be more things that I will pick up. (less)
The twist at the end was not what I was expecting. At All. I thought I was figuring it out along the way and then my theories were thrown out the wind...moreThe twist at the end was not what I was expecting. At All. I thought I was figuring it out along the way and then my theories were thrown out the window with a couple twists I didn't see coming. Enjoyable read.(less)