I am in the boat of "This changed my life." At any rate, it changed my views of Christianity drastically. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say itI am in the boat of "This changed my life." At any rate, it changed my views of Christianity drastically. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say it helped me clarify everything I had been taught growing up. I had always struggled with the Holy Trinity and understanding exactly how God could be three parts. This book explained it in a story-like manner that pushed along my thought processes to help me understand it better, and what it means to me personally.
A lot of people are talking down on this book. I think for me it was a shocker. I received it from my Grandmother for Christmas one year; she is a very religious person. I thought, "Oh no, a Christian book that will spout nonsense and try to coerce my heart into 'believing'." Not at all. It was a good story, a story I could somewhat relate to being a parent. At the same time, I felt informed.
I cried more reading this book than any other book I have read in my entire life. I have read so many books in my life it's hard to get them all on Goodreads but this one takes the cake. It's so tragic and heartfelt. You feel the father's anger, you feel his stubbornness and unwillingness to forgive. You feel what he feels.
The only thing that annoyed me about the book was the ending. Making it seem like it might not have ever happened or that it was all in his head? Well, that just took everything I had gotten from the book and tried to push it right out the door. Would have liked a more solid ending....more
It's been a while since I read this book but I keep putting off reading it again because it made me cry and cry like a little baby. It was one of theIt's been a while since I read this book but I keep putting off reading it again because it made me cry and cry like a little baby. It was one of the most beautiful and tragic books I have ever read. I definitely recommend it to fans of The Phantom of the Opera as it gives a much more in depth view into Erik's life.
It's sad, tragic, beautiful, amazing.. it will tug at your heart strings....more
Forced to read this book in middle school, I actually enjoyed every minute of the assignment. It was hard to take in for me at that age though becauseForced to read this book in middle school, I actually enjoyed every minute of the assignment. It was hard to take in for me at that age though because I was not privy to the world of hate and racism on such an extreme level. Once I got older, I reread it several times. Each time I read it again I get something new from it.
The message of unjust racism and a skewed court system is oh so loudly stated in these pages. As a younger child, I focused more on Scout's confusion because I could relate to it. I had no idea why someone would try to hurt someone else simply because their skin was darker than my own. When I grew older I focused more on how this was all too real and affected so many lives in our world. It also makes me realize that the problem is not erased even today, that we still face battles that use skin color as a forefront to their attack.
This book is a classic for good reason. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry and it makes me think. It makes me think about how I can be a good example to my own child such as Atticus was and to show my son the way to love and not hate....more
Now that I am a bit older and have had time to live and learn a bit more, I realize that there is no way this could have been an actual diary. I am ofNow that I am a bit older and have had time to live and learn a bit more, I realize that there is no way this could have been an actual diary. I am of the opinion that some of it might have been a real girl's diary but that many, many things were added to make it far more interesting and fast-paced.
That being said, it was a very good book. I was very sad at the end and it did give me cause to think about some of my decisions as a teenager, which I think was the original idea of the publishers/writers/whoever was behind the "sprucing up" of the story. I suggest that you read this book if you are interested in some of pop culture's "classics". ...more
I've tried to read this book before and for some reason failed. I'm not sure if it was the strange and slow start or the dumpy heroine. I'm so used toI've tried to read this book before and for some reason failed. I'm not sure if it was the strange and slow start or the dumpy heroine. I'm so used to Anne Rice only writing about beautiful people; perfection themselves. I think the tone in which she described Triana was off-putting, and perhaps that was the point. Anyway, it took me another try years later to give it a go.
The beginning of the story I loved. It was sad but beautifully written, as always is the case with Anne Rice. She can describe the most everyday things with such grandeur that they seem almost magical. The setting in the beginning, of course in New Orleans, was magically described just like usual. Every time I read a book of hers I want more than anything to live in New Orleans, bless her.
The relationship between Triana and Stefan in the beginning tugged at my heart. Anne Rice has a way with her writing and her characters that make you wish and dream you were the heroine, with these magical creatures showering their affection on you.
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When Triana takes his violin, however, I started taking more frequent breaks in reading. I was angry with her for taking it and refusing to give it back. After she saw all that he had been through I was so angry with her in being so selfish. I realize his self-prescribed "purpose" was to use his magic to drive humans mad, but it seemed so terrible of her to keep it. I didn't ever feel for Triana, not even with Lily's death, Karl's death.. She was such a baby and had twisted delusions that she "killed" them all. I didn't connect with her at all this entire story until the very, very last part.
The ending pleased me greatly. The entire time I wept for Stefan and hoped only that he would get his violin back. I'm glad he went into the light finally. I could really care less that Triana could still play, as I have stated throughout this review that I couldn't stand her in the least. I'd have preferred that she had no talent again and that her sister Faye was dead, but we can't always have it our way I suppose.
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Overall this book was another magical addition to my Anne Rice collection, though at the moment it is probably my least favorite. I was glad it was short, and I probably won't read it again for a very long time....more