When I chose The Age of Miracles, I had no idea that it was (a) a very newly released novel, (b) on the New York Times Best Seller List, or (c) that it was a young adult novel. As an avid reader of YAL (young adult literature) this didn't bother me, but it should be known. It was an interesting novel from the viewpoint of a young girl that has to deal with much more than the average teen of today. The novel doesn't have the happy ending you hope for the narrator, but it's made clear she's not done living yet.
As a reader of historical fiction, I've read a lot of WWII fiction, but "The Buddha in the Attic" gave a viewpoint I've never read: The story of Japanese women in America just before and during WWII. A great read for anyone interested in the time period.
One of the best things about "The Buddha in the Attic" was that there were really no specific characters. The entire book was told in first/third person plural, everything was "We..." or "One of us..." or "The children..." or "The husbands..." It took a while to get used to, but it was an interesting viewpoint.
The story managed to surprise me a few times, which is always nice in today's fiction.
I loved that each of the three main characters: Mosey, Liza, and Ginny (or Big) had their own way of talking - varrying from a well-behaved, but typical teenager, to a young woman who never had time to grow up, to the caretaker of them all who isn't ready to be a "MeMaw."
I liked forward which was told before the chronological story began. It didn't give away anything, but guided the reader/listener through the story.
I really liked that this book dealt with taboo subjects (drugs, poverty, religion, teen pregnancy) in ways that didn't demonize all of the characters affected.
The performance of Will Grayson, Will Grayson was spectular. The book was written by two different authors from the viewpoints of two different Will Graysons and also narrated by two different actors - each with his own way of portraying the worlds of the WIll Graysons.
As an avid reader of young adult literature (YAL) and someone who has studied YAL at an academic level, I found this book to be good, even great, for teens but not the best for adults. While the novel delved into some very real issues (the treament of young gay teens), it dealt with a lot of very teen-level issues (popularity, finding a girlfriend/boyfriend, getting a fake ID, etc.) as well.
The Kitchen House made a great audio book because it was dually narrated. In the book, two characters (a young slave woman, Belle, and the 7-year-old Irish indentured servant girl she is put in charge of, Lavinia), and two different women narrate their respective characters in the audio book. However, both women have great voice acting capabilities and the characters in the book all have their own distinct voices. Though there is a prologue which appears to tell sthe whole story, it goes much deeper.
I would reccommend this to a friend. It's a good book to think about; easy to read, but not an easy read.
This book is somewhere between Chick Lit and Futuristic Dystopia.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened too - mainly because Jenny Lawson narrates her story wonderfully.
This book is great for anyone who has ever been ashamed of, proud of, scared of, or confused by his or her own family.
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