May 24, 11
Read in May, 2011
This book is short listed for the 2011 Carnegie Medal for children's literature, and I am not quite sure why. Although the protagonist is a teen girl, in our library the book is considered adult fiction. The first time I tried to read this, I put it aside and went on to other books. I came back and tried again, and this time made myself finish it. Maybe this is just not my sort of book, but I found myself not all that interested in the characters and what would befall them. The situations of all of the characters just seemed so sad. There was nothing really uplifting or positive to make me want to keep reading. I'm not sure I would even consider the ending a happy one. It resolves the fate of all of the characters, yes, but not in a way that made me sigh with happiness. I just can't understand why, with all of the wonderful worlds into which a book can carry me away, this would be a world where I'd want to spend any time....