Middletown, NY, United States | Member Since 2011
I love reading about this man and this was a very interesting book. It was not my favorite of those written, but it was definately worthwhile. I found it to drag in some parts, but then it would pick up again and move quickly.
I listened intently to this book with much interest. At the beginning of the book, I started to wonder if it was a young adult book and maybe I had not noticed when I purchased it.
Eventually though (many, many, many chapters in), the characters grew into adults and I could tell it was adult fiction. The book was heartbreaking - and it never changed from heartbreaking. When it ended, I was stunned. I just stared at the car dash board (where I generally listen to these books) with my mouth open.
I think this book will appeal to certain people and others will dislike it immensely. It had appeal to me, and I am glad I read it, yet I think I might be haunted by the story forever. It is definately not the kind of book that you can assume everyone will love.
This was my first Hart book - I wanted a lighter read and this fufilled that need to the tee. The narrator is great! I found myself giggling quite often. It is a mystery and some of it might have been a bit hard to swallow, but then again, it is fiction. I certainly enjoyed it!
This book held my attention right from the beginning. I was a little confused at first, but the confusion cleared up quickly. It is a powerful story about two boys growing up in the South - one a white outcast and the other black, from a poverty-stricken home. It is heartbreaking at times, but not depressing. I am prone to feeling blue when books are too sad and depressing. This story is well written and other emotions comes through the heartbreak - maybe hope...it certainly leads us to be introspective about the judgements we form regarding others.
This is a young adult book that I read with my class, however, I have listened to it several times on my own. It is appealing to all ages, especially if you are curious about bullys and juvenile delinquents and why they act the way they do. It is touching and spiritual on many levels. It helps us to understand why children act out, what makes them appear to be so angry, and what experiences might change them. I highly recommend this book for pre-teens/teens and adults alike.
I love Malcolm Gladwell's books and this one is no different! It is full of really interesting topics that make you think. I enjoy the way he thinks about things.
I used this book with my class of 7th and 8th graders...they loved it and I loved it as well.
This book is psychologically dark - I find it to be too depressing to finish. I read up to chapter 4. It is not gorey and it isn't scary; It is full of murders completed much too easily and people with seriously twisted minds. The world is crazy enough without being emersed in a novel full of it. The reader is very good and the book is well written, it just isn't for me.
This was a short story and was interesting. It wasn't spectacular, but I enjoyed it.
Another great book by Grabenstein, but this one...I actually figured out before the end! I was so proud of myself because I can NEVER figure out the culprit in his books! I love the characters in these books!
Grabenstein entwined the hit Jersey Shore with his mystery this time. It was a lot of fun and, having been a Jersey Shore fan, I was well aware of which characters he was referring to even though they had somewhat different names. I found myself chuckling out loud often. I enjoyed this book as I have the rest!
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