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Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
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Nov 19, 2011

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There are some books that are banned that I think, "There really isn't anything [that I can see] that would make me want this book banned..or to even see why it would bother people." This is an exception. I can see why this one would be banned. I know during my school years I got angry at certain teachers...what kid hasn't? But there ARE people who would go to extremes, and I think that is why this book would be banned. It's creepy to think that this could happen, and that is where most of the thrill of it came from for me. I did think that some parts of the book were a bit over the top, though. I mean, kidnapping a teacher JUST because he's tough on grading? So many teachers would be kidnapped if that was why, haha. I found parts predictable also, I KNEW Mark was a sociopath long before it was revealed in the final chapter. He set fire to a cat, and then it was very easy to conclude that he also burnt down his house with his dad in it. I knew he was a sociopath, it was so obvious. I like the ending, though. I like the climax and how it all fits together nicely. Still, I think it was a very stupid reason to kidnap a teacher (not that there is a GOOD reason). English literature is one of the hardest classes ever, that is just the way it is. My real-life teacher was difficult too. I didn't want to kidnap her! So for that, I give this book only 3 stars, changed from my original 4. It was a good read, though.
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