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Heft by Liz Moore
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Oct 06, 12

Read in July, 2012

I bought this book because my cousin, who recently passed away, was a very large man and lived a solitary life. I'm not saying he was lonely, but he was alone. So when I read about this book and its character, Arthur Opp, who is also a very large man and, without a doubt, a very lonely man, I bought the book immediately. The first chapter of the book is wonderfully captivating and I had very high hopes for the rest of the book. The book is as much about Arthur as it is about Kel, the teenage son of Charlene, who was once Arthur's student and with whom he corresponded over a 20-year period. Both Arthur and Charlene kept secrets. The book reveals some but not all of the secrets. Unfortunately, I became tired of the details of Kel's high school academic, athletic and social pursuits and would have preferred to read much more about Arthur's very interesting, albeit, isolated life. Kel is an extremely sympathetic character as is Arthur. I just found Kel's life tedious to read about but, on the other hand, found Arthur's day-to-day lifestyle far more interesting. I also wish the author would have given us just a bit more at the end. Don't be dissuaded to read this book because of my inability to connect with Kel. I think it's definitely worth your time. I'm giving the book a rating of 4 stars because of the author's wonderful ability to allow us to peek into Arthur's world.
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MalibuLisa It's interesting that you connected more with Arthur. I had a harder time with him than with Kel. I loved reading what Kel wanted to say but wasn't able to. Both struggled with being able to communicate their feelings and fears to anyone. Kel made me laugh out loud several times and I cared more about what would happen to him and didn't want to put the book down in his sections. I didn't mind the open ending; it was hopeful.


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