**spoiler alert** Homecoming" by Cynthia Voigt was a book that had some elements that I enjoyed and some that totally bored me to death. The book was...more**spoiler alert** Homecoming" by Cynthia Voigt was a book that had some elements that I enjoyed and some that totally bored me to death. The book was mainly about how 12-year-old Dicey, 10-year-old James, nine-year-old Maybeth, and six year old Sammy who has been left without a home after their mother left them in front of a local mall. The children decide to hitchhike to their destination – Aunt Cilla’s “big white house” in Bridgeport.
In the beginning, I thought it was an interesting topic that would probably encourage me to maybe broaden my choice in the books I read.
Afterwards, when I was about two chapters into the book, I noticed how Voigt used a lot of figurative language, and the amount of details she gave was a ton. I pretty much only kept reading because it was a classroom book and it was a priority for my English class. The beginning, for sure, was very strong and appealing, but the throughout the rest, I occasionally found myself dozing off, and sometimes even falling asleep.
Near the middle, when the family met Windy and Stuart, I thought, “Oh maybe for once, something interesting will happen!” In my opinion, this was one of the parts in the story that could be considered interesting. The two college boys provided Dicey and her family with a place to sleep and food. When James decided to steal the twenty-dollar bill from the men, that’s when the whole philosophical part of the book came up. Probably a whole chapter was dedicated just for Stuart trying to teach James the importance of being honest, and not lying, and all of those morals children’s books try to teach children. I mean, if it was a children’s book, it would make sense if that there were some sort of morals and ideas that would teach children how to be better people, but hello? This is a young adult book as it is listed on some books, so I don’t really understand the point of throwing in that chapter.
When the children arrive at Aunt Cilla’s “big white house” and discover not only is the house not what they imagined it to be, but also there is no Aunt Cilla, instead her daughter, Eunice, is now living in the house. It’s in this part of the book when the children really get, how shall I say this…categorized upon their abilities. Dicey gets put in charge as the “live-in maid” that has to d pretty much everything Aunt Cilla did around the house when she was alive. James turns out to be the “nerd” who is often praised upon for his thirst for knowledge and capability to learn tings quickly. Maybeth turns into Cousin Eunice’s personal doll, gets dressed up in fancy dresses and has the whole neighborhood talking about her beauty. Sammy, though, is like the troublemaker. He always gets into fights, and has their cousin thinking of separating them, just to not deal with all the trouble. Then, just when they finally have a place to stay, they decide to get on the road, yet again, in search of their grandmother, who is known for being a psychopath. It’s the end I truly find interesting. After traveling by bus and meeting all types of different people, such as, Mr. Rudyard, the mean and brutal man who was trying to keep them as workers, and Will, the circus owner who literally saved their life, they finally get to their latest destination, their grandmother’s house, only to find out she’s a mean and rude lady who cares about almost no one, The children decide to somehow buy time in the house and convince their grandmother to let them live with her by doing work all around the house. True, this helped them buy time, and live with their grandmother, but it also started building a bond in between them. With Dicey having the conversation she had with her grandmother and figuring out the min purpose she doesn’t want them their, Dicey honestly understands why their grandmother doesn’t want them. With the family so close to leaving their grandmother and heading back to silly Cousin Eunice, their grandmother finally decides to le them live with her.
Honestly, I would say the book had may interesting elements such a wide range of figurative language, and details that could literally make you imagine the scene right I front of you. But, then again, as a young adult book, the story just and wasn’t good enough. Voigt could’ve used a few hundred less pages on details, and a few more interesting principles such a romance. The book had its ups and downs, but honestly it had a few more negative affects on me that positive. If I had to suggest it to a friend, I would say, “ JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE BOOK!!!” It wasn’t the best book written, but then again, it also wasn’t the worst book written. (less)
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