Overall, "Homecoming" was an okay book. I can't say it was great or that it was horrible because it wasn't. All I can really say is that I didn't likeOverall, "Homecoming" was an okay book. I can't say it was great or that it was horrible because it wasn't. All I can really say is that I didn't like it as much I as I thought I would've and that it really could've been better in a lot of ways. In my personal opinion I didn't like "Homecoming". It didn't have much excitement or action. Cynthia Voigt, the author, really emphasized that the 4 kids, Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy, were always hungry, they were tired, they never had enough money, and that they were always on the run. Yes, I get that. She doesn't have to keep going on and on about it and saying it over and over again, but that's just me. Also, in the story the grandmother has mixed feelings about the kids and it sort of gets confusing during all that and while we are at that it gets confusing at a lot a parts in the story! Scenery is also the main topic of this book. The mall looked like this and the water was calm and whispering... Yeah, it's beautiful but the story is about the kids and Cynthia Voigt can focus on making the story more exciting and more about the kids not that I don't enjoy a paragraph or 2 about the setting and their surroundings but not a page and a half! The scenes with Cousin Eunice was pretty interesting and all but it wasn't for very long. It was the most interesting part in the book but it was gone in less than a few chapters. The ending was also obvious once you got the whole story picture which kind of ruined it because the story was built around the climax outcome. There were some good points in the book "Homecoming" though. The whole plot and concept was pretty clever and nail bitingly suspenseful just the way it was written was the downfall of it but it wasn't that bad. The Mr.Rudyard parts were a good addition because that definitely got my attention. And the character, Cousin Eunice, has a interesting personality and perspective and it would've been fun to hear a few thoughts from her. But I do understand it would mess up the flow of the story because it has the thoughts of Dicey not the other characters. The grandmother is also an interesting character. She's unpredictable which makes you want to read more. I do also like the small fights Dicey and her grandmother have. And how James, Maybeth, and Sammy bring out little smiles from their grandma. It makes it really special. The fact that Cynthia brings in Will and Claire add a relief to me because I know the kids will have a place to go back to if their grandmother doesn't take them in. That was my personal opinion of the book "Homecoming". I would recommend this to a person that likes long scenery and nonchalant books that are realistic and quite possible in the world. It wasn't the best book in the world nor was it the worst but it personally wasn't my favorite.
This book is the last book to "The Wedding Planner's Daughter" series so that was the very reason I picked this book up in the first place. This bookThis book is the last book to "The Wedding Planner's Daughter" series so that was the very reason I picked this book up in the first place. This book is very realistic and explains the life of a very compassionate 13-year-old girl, Willa Havisham. Just a book about a normal girls life, it's actually not as boring as one would expect. My favorite quote, " A new dawn. A new day. Thank you", really elucidates the theme to the story: People are all lucky to have another day, another chance, and they shouldn't get caught up in their minor problems. We should sometimes take the time to be grateful of what we have. I liked the point of view of the main character herself because Willa had very strong views and her thoughts really distinguished her opinion and feelings. I would recommend this to almost any girl, as I am one, because I think most girls could really relate and connect to what Willa was going through....more
Everyone was reading this book, and I didn't want to be such a conformist, but, it seemed like a very interessting story so, I read it. The movie hadEveryone was reading this book, and I didn't want to be such a conformist, but, it seemed like a very interessting story so, I read it. The movie had also just come out and I had watched it so I also read it because I thought the movie was....unusual. This book is a very rare kind of book that makes you think about life in whole different way after reading it.It has a uh, different perspective, but a life changing plot that really changed me as a person. This story is about a boy named Pi who lives in India, and owns a zoo with his family. He has to leave his life behind in India to start anew in Canada. On the trip there though, his ship sinks. It kills everyone on board except for Pi and a few other animals, including a adult, male Bengal tiger. This book is about his survival and related flashbacks here and there. His journey defies nature, which truly makes you think about the situation. My favorite quote is " Then Richard Parker, companion of my torment, awful, fierce thing that kept me alive, moved forward and disappeared forever from my life." This quote was heart-wrenching and it brought me to tears. The animal that Pi thought that he would die at the hands of, kept him alive, but Richard Parker left without even looking back, without even acknowledging their survival. He immediately moved on. It was all a sad and painful book to read but in the end, it was very much worth it. The author's writing style was nothing I've ever read before but it was a good kind of different, I enjoyed it. This book has a complicated plot, kind of hard to understand at first, so I would recommend this to more advanced readers looking for a book like no other....more