I loved Matched and Crossed (the first two books in this trilogy). I couldn't wait for Reached to be published. Once I was able to listen to it, I felt let down. The story seems to drag on while we wait for the inevitable conclusion that happens at the very end. The narrators were wonderful though! I enjoyed their performances.
If a teen (or anyone) reads Thirteen Reasons Why and is feeling like suicide is an option for severe depression, that person needs to read Wonder. Auggie shows amazing bravery and strength all through this story. He has to deal with so much fear, anger, rejection, and ridicule all because of something completely outside of his control. He has friends and family who come alongside him and support him throughout his experiences. The ending was extremely positive for all of the involved characters!
In addition to the excellent story, it was interesting to learn about many of the customs from the Afgan culture. The horrors that the people had to live through were heartbreaking. That so many could come out on the other side with hope and ready to start again was inspiring. I was moved to tears at the end.
What a great story for fans of The Hunger Games! The characters of Day and June just captured my attention and drew me right into the story. It was hard to stop listening! When it was over, I kept wishing the second book was already out because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next...
This story grabbed my attention and kept me interested until the end. It was easy to become involved with each of the main characters and their back stories. I was reminded in ways of The Hunger Games, yet this story definitely took its own direction. After reading the story first, the narrator didn't quite seem right to me as I listened (that's why 4 out of 5 stars), but I still enjoyed the experience. I can't wait to read the second book!
I enjoyed this book as much as Legend (the first book). The characters and plot just draw you in and keep you involved until the end. It was hard to stop listening. Can't wait for book 3 to be released!
I listened to this on a car trip with my 4th and 7th grade sons and we all enjoyed it. We can't wait to listen to the second book!
I was pleasantly surprised with this story. The drama captured my attention and kept me listening intently. Elements of some of Roberts' other characters did pop up from time to time (expressions, character descriptions, etc...), but they did not detract from the plot. In book form, I would call this a "page-turner." It's a good summer read.
I agree with all the other reviewers who said they understood the movie much better after reading the book--they were right! The author allows his readers to understand how much time, patience, and support is needed for patients recovering from mental illness. At the same time, he has written a fast-paced and enjoyable story. Warning to those who like to listen with their children/families: watch out for the language in many places!
I enjoyed this book even more that the 1st book (The False Prince). The characters drew me in and the plot twists and turns kept me listening intently. My 10 year old son listened to part of the book with me on a car trip and it captured his interest too.
I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but read it on a recommendation. I was hooked immediately. Great story, great characters, great narration! Even if you are not a tried and true fan of science fiction, I'd recommend that you give this book a try. You might be surprised!
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