I read a lot of kids and young adult books because I want to be familiar with what my kids are reading. This time I picked the book. I chose it based on the good reviews and the fact that Jenna Lamia was one of the narrators.
The story grabbed me from the beginning. I loved how the 6th graders each told some of the same events from his or her own perspective. I spend a lot of time with middle schoolers, as a parent and a volunteer, and these characters were true both in their actions and their motives.
I loved the character of the teacher. I loved how she was all about decorum, yet she sometimes struggled with her own emotions and impulses. How many teachers have I had, or have my kids have, that were firm but good? Those were always the most memorable.
The incompetent administrator was wonderful comic relief. With apologies to all the competent administrators here in audible land, I am sure that we all know someone in such a position who constantly says and does things that make us wonder how on earth he ever got appointed.
The theme of "smart kids get ahead," while common, is also one that is dear to my heart. But the true prize was the prize of lasting friendship. I love books that portray boys and girls at this age developing good, deep friendships.
The narrators also were wonderful; I love what Jenna Lamia puts into every performance. Jan Maxwell was perfect as the voice of the teacher.
This was a book I enjoyed from beginning to end, one I couldn't wait to get back to after I had to put it down.
I love Father Tim, his love of poetry and famous quotes, his love for his wife and the boys that came his way, and his love for God and his parishioners.
When Father Tim and Cynthia went up on the mountain for a day of private worship, and several people were already there waiting for him.
John McDonough's reading makes it all come to life. I especially loved his singing in this book--and I usually don't like singing in audio books.
Yes, I might have missed something the first time. I'd like to understand this story better.
This is an important book for understanding race relations in the US--for both last century and this one. Also the writing is masterful. Every scene is so well described--the sites, the smells--that you feel like you are really there.
This was such a difficult book in that there was so much conflict. I guess I would have to choose the scenes with Mary as my favorite. She was such a breath of fresh air compared to everyone else in the book.
When the narrator found out what was in the letter of introduction sent with him from his college to New York.
Joe Morton's performance is outstanding. This is a difficult book but his reading made it come alive, made me root for the main character, and made me want to hear the rest of the story.
I was disappointed that this was truly an abridged version of the "Abridgement" published by William Golding. The book isn't that long. Read the whole thing.
The Cookie Jar mysteries are more of an escape for me. If you call mindless entertainment time well spent then you might answer this question yes. Let's just say this is my alternative to reality tv.
I will probably HAVE to read the next one given the announcement on the last page.
I didn't like the way she made Barbara Donnelly's character sound so young and stupid. Granted she had a brain injury but in past books her character was described as middle-aged and very competent and the performance didn't bring that out at all. That could partly be the writing as well.
I might be inspired to try a few of the recipes.
There were some mistakes in the story--some timing difficulties that I can't get into without a spoiler. The mystery was really easy to solve and I was often (in my mind) begging Hannah to have more of an open mind. Hannah is supposed to be smarter than that. BUT I do love her anyway and keep coming back to this series. Sometimes I just need a mental break and these books definitely provide that.
This faith based story set in a charming small town held the appeal for me. However I had problems following the timing of some of the action. There were flashbacks that I didn't know were flashbacks until later in the story. At the end we skip from Good Friday to Sunday with apparently no Saturday. These kinds of problems spoiled an otherwise sweet story for me.
I liked this book enough that I'm willing to try the second in this series.
It was ok. Not memorable but not terrible either.
I might because I like stories like this
This book was on a list of recommended reading for fans of Jan Karon's Mitford series. There is actually a reference to that series in this book. I did enjoy the apparent sincerity of faith of the characters. This is a good "Sunday afternoon" listen.
If I could understand any of the words
I will finish David Copperfield
I don't know
Since I can't understand the words, it's hard to say
Don't buy this one without listening to the sample to see if it's been fixed
Yes. An interesting story and I enjoyed the narration.
I thought it was about time Hannah understood the truth. I wasn't surprised because it seemed pretty obvious what had happened given the nature of the characters.
I have not, but I really enjoyed her interpretation of the characters.
I was frustrated with Hannah at a crucial moment. Both WITH her, as I could commiserate with her, but also AT her, because some of the answers seemed so obvious to me.
This was not what I expected but it was interesting. Sometimes it was unclear how much Hannah understood about the backstory.
Depends on the friend. I liked the book but it might not appeal to everyone.
Loved the literary references. Like the fact that the main character was writing her story on a bunch of spiral notebooks from K-mart.
On one hand the narration seemed a bit dry, but on the other hand it sort of had to be dry to truly capture the character.
I was surprised by the ending. She reminds us that we were warned, but I had forgotten. While there was a lot of sadness and bitterness to slog through, the main character learns about herself and about those around her, and that's a good thing.
I thought the story was really disjointed. There were too many loose ends. Too many parts of the story that didn't seem to have much if anything to do with the main thread.
He could have done a better job in the end of pulling things together and helping the reader to understand the importance of each segment.
The boy Abdullah.
I have enjoyed other books by this author. I also enjoyed the different narrators. Though the accents were sometimes hard to understand, they gave me a sense of the characters.
I enjoyed the unique perspective of a bright teenager growing up on an Indian reservation in today's world. I liked how he seemed to be able to separate himself from the tribe and point out the inconsistencies, the poor choices that people just fell into, and also the sense of community. Sort of the good the bad and the ugly of reservation life.
The grandmother's funeral. I loved how he talked about the laughter, and how it is appropriate at a funeral.
This was my first
Too much realistic teenage boy stuff for my taste--kept me from rating it 5 stars.
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