You can't go wrong with a classic!
Another of Steinbeck's raw, emotion filled, suspenseful tales set in the depression era. You'll be on the edge of your seat like a ballpark fan, coaching George and Lennie through querulous choices and foreseeable plot pitfalls.
Hear the book (great narration by Gary Sinise), then see the movie (with Gary Sinise again, rel. 1992)!
Action and imagination--nonstop! A woeful commentary on Reality TV, our society that feeds into it, and the resultant moral fall out. We're all a little broken like Katniss.
You must read this Hunger Games review from Basil Saleh; he nailed it! 'Said everything I was stumbling to articulate.:
Everything you suspected but didn't have the data to substantiate. The data is here!
I read this with my high school son. Then he got to meet the author at his school. This was a treat for him! We both enjoyed the book, felt the main character's deep remorse, and felt emotionally invested in her journey.
To explain my rating, as an editor, I would have advised the author to cut some of the asides regarding her relationships that did not really add justification to the plot. Overall I saw where she was going, so some of the asides, especially the more salacious ones, were a bit gratuitous and distracting. Sans this point, it was a good read!
I recommend the movie too, but bring a box of Kleenex. 'Just as heart wrenching but in half the time.
I enjoyed this with my 6th grader and it held both his attention and mine. However, I thought it had too many creations and twists to give it the staying power of something like Hunger Games or The Harry Potter books. In the end the author tied up her loose ends, but I felt she was trying to squeeze to many familiar themes into one very tall tale. I saw several storyline's for books in this one book (i.e., the concentration camp survivor story, the fanciful peculiar children story, the dimension travelling nefarious character creations encountered in Ireland story). If any one of these themes were developed without distractions from the other, I might have thought this book a little less "kitschy" and given it a higher rating.View all my reviews
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