Nov 30, 11
Read in October, 2011
I can easily round this book up to 4.5-star rating...
Will review later...
Now that I think about this book a couple weeks after completing it, I now realize two different things when it comes to my overall opinion of it. The overall writing and character development is really quite good, but on the other hand the "message" the book delivers through the bear was kind of a letdown. "God loves all." Really? OK, I'm a non-believer, but even if I were, I'd still think it was a cheesy thing to throw in there. Now, the way he made the bear out to be human-like actually worked. I mean, right there, I'd normally think, phooey, I need to give this book a one or two-star rating! But oddly, that part worked for me. Why didn't the message work for me? Its not because I'm atheist and have problems with hearing such messages, because I don't. I just think it was way too over simplified and, again, cheesy. Period. So, as much as I loved the characters and the writing, I think I'm going to have to change my rating to a 3.5-star and call it a day.