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Read this for an Introduction to Criminology class many years ago. I finally saw the movie a couple of months ago. I'm probably being biased here, asRead this for an Introduction to Criminology class many years ago. I finally saw the movie a couple of months ago. I'm probably being biased here, as I know most people prefer the movie, but I enjoyed the book more. I couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to talk about it in class. A lot of people prefer the movie because it steamlined the story a bit better and took out parts that weren't really relevant, such as a character undergoing corrective surgery on her reproductive organs. I totally understand that argument, and I wouldn't want those extra parts in the movie, but I actually found them really interesting while reading the book. I hope that doesn't make me too strange....more
**spoiler alert** This is one of the books used in the private tutoring academy that I work for. I've made a little project of reading some that I'm u**spoiler alert** This is one of the books used in the private tutoring academy that I work for. I've made a little project of reading some that I'm unfamiliar with.
Killing Mr. Griffin was definitely a page-turner, but it left me scratching my head as to why we have it at the academy. It's not a "classic," it doesn't impart any deep messages (Except maybe "Kids, don't kidnap your teachers!"), and it has a couple of bits with mature language or situations that might concern some of the parents.
Warning, criminology-based rant incoming: Also, the twist about Mark being a social psychopath and therefore the others weren't as responsible for their actions...dumb. And the descriptions of what everybody would be charged with (especially the whole felony-murder thing) was awkward. This situation would be quite unusual and probably largely based on prosecutorial discretion. The other kids would almost certainly be charged with manslaughter and not second-degree murder, because you need intent to charge the latter, and they did not intend to kill him. While felony-murder does technically apply, I doubt that a prosecutor would actually use it.
Sorry, crime-related rant over. Decent, but not exceptional book....more
I taught this book as part of a summer SAT Writing class. Sadly, the students didn't "get" the humor of it. I explained to them that anytime somethingI taught this book as part of a summer SAT Writing class. Sadly, the students didn't "get" the humor of it. I explained to them that anytime something really weird or absurd happened in the book, that it was funny, and it was okay for them to laugh at it. I think I got more out of it than they did, unfortunately; I didn't try to examine every scene, I just tried to go with the flow. ...more