I picked up this book because the description said that the main character, a seven-year-old girl, Calli, had Selective Mutism. I have Selective MutisI picked up this book because the description said that the main character, a seven-year-old girl, Calli, had Selective Mutism. I have Selective Mutism and seeing mainstream stuff mentioning Selective Mutism is always exciting to me because most people don't know what it is. With that said, after reading the book, I have come to the conclusion that Calli does NOT have Selective Mutism but rather is just rendered mute (as she didn't talk to anyone at all during her mute time and with SM, you can talk but are just rendered mute in certain situations). Regardless, I could relate to things that she went through.
Other than that, it was an interesting read. I read half the book in one day, so it's the kind of book you can get sucked into (which I did). Even though I read it quickly, it was some hard subject matter. I did not like the Father, Griff. he was awful. I do not like drinking and abuse and this book had lots of both. Hard to read stuff. But I did like the characters (except for Griff), and pretty much enjoyed it overall....more
So I watched the movie first, that was why I wanted to read the book. The premise just gripped me. I love mazes and the idea of trying to escape a mazSo I watched the movie first, that was why I wanted to read the book. The premise just gripped me. I love mazes and the idea of trying to escape a maze was exciting. There were a lot of differences between the movie and the book, big picture was the same but the details were different. I think the movie was just made to be more action packed with less idle time and there were differences in characters and situations. But as I said I loved both the book and movie and will continue the series with the next book and that movie in fall of 2015....more
**spoiler alert** I thought I was going to like it at first, the main character seemed a lot like me and we were the same age. I really wanted to go t**spoiler alert** I thought I was going to like it at first, the main character seemed a lot like me and we were the same age. I really wanted to go to college at that time too, so the description of the book pulled me in. This book takes place around the time my mom was young and in Connecticut, that's also where my mom grew up, so it reminded me a lot of my mom. But that was a really sucky time, especially if you lived in CT. Family life sucked, especially with WASPS (White Anglo Saxton protestants). The Girl in this book, Natalie, got all the suckiness. She was the kind of person that went to the library instead of going to college parties on weekends. So one weekend she was in the library and she met this guy named Patrick. She falls for him and thinks he is perfect. I thought things were ok at first but they went downhill really fast. He likes her at first but then he starts to get distant. After she loses her virginity to him, all they do is have sex (she don't want that though), this is the part where I stopped reading, it was way too depressing, so I skipped over the depressing parts and Natalie and Patrick break up because Natalie finally blows-up at Patrick (with good reason). So then awhile later they see each other again and Patrick tells Natalie why he acted the way he did (he is still a jerk in my opinion). So yeah, I thought I was going to like it but it ending up being REALLY depressing and I couldn't even read everything. There's lot's of parties and stuff. I just really stared disliking this book. One review said it's an honest look at college life and I thought I hope that's not true....more