This is a fantastic book to keep on your kitchen table and skim through during meals.
Bowden's book is easy to understand, straightforward, and has anThis is a fantastic book to keep on your kitchen table and skim through during meals.
Bowden's book is easy to understand, straightforward, and has an upbeat focus on the benefits of eating healthy (rather than condemning the reader or going too much into the doom-and-gloom associated with certain foods). Its simple format will motivate the reader to continue healthy eating habits as well as start new ones. There's such a great variety of foods mentioned in here, that I'll bet even the most unhealthy reader will find several foods that he or she loves.
Not being an expert on nutrition myself, I can't say a whole lot about the downfalls of this book. I'm convinced there are a few. But for a generation that lives on fast food and microwaved dinners, the benefits of this easily-accessible health book certainly must outweigh the bad....more
So the plot doesn't really happen in this book until about the last three pages. If you're looking for an action-packed story, full of mystery and advSo the plot doesn't really happen in this book until about the last three pages. If you're looking for an action-packed story, full of mystery and adventure and intrigue, do not read this book.
If, on the other hand, you appreciate authors who use words like an artist uses a paintbrush--if the smell of dirt and gray mornings inspires you--if you have not forgotten what it is like to be a kid, exploring the neighborhood with a growing sense of wonder, as if there's a whole world lying beyond every fencepost--you must read this book.
This book is really an experience rather than a story. It is lovely....more
Loved the artwork and loved the story, though I thought the "Twilight Zone"-y nature of the story was a little unnecessary. The artwork is somewhat crLoved the artwork and loved the story, though I thought the "Twilight Zone"-y nature of the story was a little unnecessary. The artwork is somewhat crude, which made the characters and the setting feel more real. The plot itself took a relatable, familiar topic (protagonist wrestles with past tragedy) and gave it an unconventional twist. Add to that sympathetic but flawed characters and you've got yourself just a wonderful graphic novel....more
Although I agreed with the book's overall message, I think it was about twice as long as it needed to be. Almost every chapter repeated the same messaAlthough I agreed with the book's overall message, I think it was about twice as long as it needed to be. Almost every chapter repeated the same message and included a lot of unnecessary, repetitive explanations. There was one chapter--the chapter about Love--that I really enjoyed. I think if I had read this one chapter instead of the entire book, I would have gotten more out of it.
Mr. Piper writes a lot of statements that seem to be purposefully misleading, and then spends several pages explaining what he really means. The most obvious example is the phrase "Christian Hedonism," which he repeatedly explains isn't like the world's idea of hedonism. Instead of trying to redefine "hedonism" and spending entire chapters explaining this, I would have appreciated it if he just used a different word. Call me stupid, but I frequently found myself confused. I would have benefited more if the book was more straightforward.
That's not to say that the book was without merit. The idea of service, obedience, and humility as a source of joy is unthinkable to many people, including Christians. It is a subject that deserves to be delved upon! There were times while reading this book that I had to shout, "Yes!" Mr. Piper writes many things that need to be heard.
Unfortunately, Mr. Piper's book might not be the best way to relay this important message. I'm afraid that this book might only further confuse readers. I obviously can't speak for everyone, but it did confuse me....more
I liked the idea of this book more than the book itself, but there's not much wrong with it. Miss Chavez does not have an exceptionally interesting stI liked the idea of this book more than the book itself, but there's not much wrong with it. Miss Chavez does not have an exceptionally interesting story to tell, but perhaps that is the beauty of it. It isn't so much a biography as it is a celebration of culture and family. The non-linear storytelling sometimes added to the book's charm and other times detracted from it.
The recipes were not what I was expecting, in both good ways and bad ways. Good because they gave an amusing perspective to Miss Chavez's life experiences; bad because they weren't usually the kind of recipes I'd like to try. (But maybe I'm a little partial to my own taco recipe.) Telling stories through recipes is a very interesting idea, in any case.
I would love to read other books written in the same style, though I don't think that I would read this particular one again....more
It's been a while since I've read this book--near six or seven years, I guess--and if I reread it now, I don'This review contains some minor spoilers.
It's been a while since I've read this book--near six or seven years, I guess--and if I reread it now, I don't know if I'd like it as fondly as I remember it. But I won't forget reading it. This book surprised me.
Fanboy and Goth Girl is both heartbreaking and surprising, realistic and bizarre. This isn't your typical feel-good young adult novel, and it's not about your typical young adults. The protagonist is an unpopular, angsty teenage boy who loves comic books and befriends an angry goth girl. It's all in the title. What made this book stand out was that I didn't question why these characters were so "unpopular;" it was perfectly clear. The author doesn't shy away from presenting very real and flawed characters, and yet they are likeable and easy to root for.
I've heard a bit of criticism concerning the ending, which leaves quite a few questions unanswered and doesn't resolve any of the main conflict in the plot. Perhaps it was the unconventional ending that made the whole book rather refreshing to me.
This is on my re-reads list so that I can write a better review and recommendation later. If my memory serves correctly, it's one of the best books I've read in the young adult genre (and I'm not an enormous fan of the genre, so that might be saying something)....more