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The Blackberry Bush by David Housholder
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Jun 27, 11

Read from June 21 to 27, 2011

When I first started to read The Blackberry Bush, I thought that it would be an easy read. After all, it is only 176 pages long, the shortest book I’ve reviewed to date. But I was mistaken. The Blackberry Bush focuses on many realistic, deep issues that it isn’t possible to just skim through it. Josh and Kati are complex individuals with common problems young people have today. An aspect of The Blackberry Bush I absolutely like is the way the two main characters, despite one being a male and the other a female, they are not romantically involved with each other. I find that very refreshing. Another aspect of The Blackberry Bush I like is that it is not preachy. It will certainly make a comfortable read for those who are not Christians. For some reason, the sentence in the book that stood out for me was this sentence spoken in Josh’s voice in the year 2031: “A generation ago, people had such small families; glad that’s starting to change.” I hope that happens! The only problem I had with The Blackberry Bush was the different switch in scenes. The story alternates between the narrations of Angelo, Josh, and Kati; the setting varies from United States, Germany, and Holland; and the years range from 1943 to 2031. Confuse? I was. Overall, The Blackberry Bush is a compelling story of destiny, the pasts of our families and how we can impact our future generations.
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