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Alice and The Fly. By: James Rice I fear THEM. If I see one of THEM it causes me such terrorREVIEW by Aunt Meanie Book description is after the review.
Alice and The Fly. By: James Rice I fear THEM. If I see one of THEM it causes me such terror that I have fits where my whole body shakes, trembles, and I am compelled to run to get away from THEM. I seem to have always had this phobia. My condition may have been caused by some traumatic incident in my past that I keep hidden deep inside my mind. That’s just one of my teachers theories.
The main character, Greg, is an extremely shy, socially awkward teenage boy who doesn’t speak…. To anyone. He is bullied at school all the time. Even though he attempts to stay emotionally distant From the acts of bullying, the hurt and emotional scars caused to him remain painfully obvious to the reader.
The story is written in the form of a diary that Greg writes to a girl named Alice. Greg is obsessed with Alice, a girl from his school, yet he never “really” gets to know her. His friendship and developing love for Alice is only a reality in his delusions.
Greg shows us “his” world, through his eyes and his life experiences. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend what is actually happening in real life because Greg's view is a bit distorted. Greg shows us that for people with mental illness, life can be cold, harsh, emotionally lonely, frightening and often cruel. Most of the people he encounters daily have no knowledge or understanding of mental illness and very few offer friendship, much less compassion. Even his parents fail at providing the care he needed.
I realized the book was about schizophrenia about half way through. Many parts of the book, unfortunately, are probably very accurate in the way that people with schizophrenia are treated. The book leaves me sad that his parents were too concerned with their appearance of being a well to do “normal” family and Greg's mental illness was hidden and his medical (psychiatric) care was neglected.
I guess the Greg's parents acknowledging and accepting responsibility to provide Greg with proper psychiatric care is the closest thing to a “happy ending” that is possible.
Reviewed by: AUNT MEANIE
Greg is cripplingly shy, afraid of spiders, and obsessed with Breakfast at Tiffany's. He's not exactly the most popular kid at his high school. In fact, he pretty much goes out of his way to avoid talking to anybody he doesn't have to. And it doesn't help that he has a severe lisp.
But Greg's English teacher, Miss Hayes, can see that there's something different about him. He's insightful and sensitive beyond his years, and maybe--just maybe--he'll use these strengths to break out of his shell someday. Miss Hayes urges Greg to keep a journal. "This isn't an assignment," she tells him, "just write down your thoughts."
Greg begins to write about everything from his mother's ill-conceived interior decorating ideas to his job at the local butcher's shop. When Greg begins to take an interest in a girl at his school named Alice, he realizes that he will have to face his most paralyzing anxieties if he wants to befriend Alice and help her escape from her violent family life. ...more
I was very excited to receive Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague by Michell Plested because I have come to enjoy some zombie books, my husREVIEW:
I was very excited to receive Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague by Michell Plested because I have come to enjoy some zombie books, my husband and I are scout leaders, and my son is a Boy Scout after 4.5 years of Cub Scouts. We are a scouting family and I appreciate a book related to something we love to spend our family time together participating in.
First off, as a graphic designer and illustrator with major interest in book cover design, I cringe when I look at the cover. It truly hurts me to see a good book look so unprofessional because of cover art and typography. If the book had not been about scouts I would never have read it, and definitely would not buy it because sadly an unprofessional looking cover many times also means unprofessional writing. I was pleasantly surprised about the writing though.
The actual story was far better than I expected based on the cover. I enjoyed the fact that someone put so much time into a story that honors the dedication of volunteers and scouts. I liked the basic idea of the boys camping, but then coming back to the disaster of a zombie infested real world. After some campo its with our own scouts I can see how that might play out. I also love that the story began as campfire stories told by a leader. I know some boys that would love that. I did find it different that they didn't see more indication of disaster - zombies as they traveled along the way back into civilization. I enjoyed the story, loved the references to real scouting principles, and I love that there is no vulgarity, etc. The book is perfectly acceptable for my son and his scout friends to read.
To me the story ended a little awkwardly, and all volunteer names starting with "scouter" got too repetitive, but I agree with the need to possibly address the boys as "scout" so the reader knows whether it is an adult or a scout who is being addressed. That is a bit repetitive too though ... I don't know about that, but it's definitely something to think about.
Great job of coming up with a story that is interesting for both adults and children. I think with a little help this book could really make a splash with the scouting community. Please get help with that cover. I passed up the book several times because of it as many others will. Books really are initially judged by their cover.
I received Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague by Michell Plested free of charge, in order to provide an honest review.
Being a Scout is more than just helping old ladies cross the road. Scouts have a responsibility to their communities and the greater world around them. Part of that responsibility is training and being prepared for disasters. When a Scout troop comes home from a weekend of survival training in the deep woods, they find that nothing about the world they left is the same. Shambling hordes of undead wander the countryside killing anything that lives. Can the Scouts survive the trip home and is there even a home to return to? It will take all of their training and smarts to overcome this disaster. ...more