Posts Tagged ‘book review’

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Sprout by Dale Peck

July 4, 2009

 Title: Sprout

 Author: Dale Peck

 Release: May 26, 2009

 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

 Contains: Coming-of-age, Drama, Relationships.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Writing: 10

Plot: 8

Characters: 9

Wow Factor: 8

Summary (from Amazon.com): Sprout Bradford has a secret. It’s not what you think—he’ll tell you he’s gay. He’ll tell you about his dad’s drinking and his mother’s death. The green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair. But neither the reader nor Sprout are prepared for what happens when Sprout suddenly finds he’s had a more profound effect on the lives around him than he ever thought possible. Sprout is both hilarious and gripping; a story of one boy at odds with the expected.

Review: Sprout was definitely an interesting read. The number one thing I loved about the book was the writing. Dale Peck is amazing, with his metaphors, similies, and way of wording. I highlighted lines of the book I loved and I never write in books. The book is written as if Sprout is just having a conversation about his life to us, and it was magical in that perspective. I really liked the other characters as well: Ty, Ian, and Ruth. The story line was one I don’t often read: Sprout was trying to win a state essay contest, he’s still having problems getting over his mother’s death, and he might just have found love. This book may have been playfully written but it does have a dark side. There’s a lot of real-life problems discussed in this book, including death, abuse, and broken relationships. My one complaint is that it was a tad confusing as I’m still thinking about the end and what it means.

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Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

December 9, 2008

Hi guys. 

 

This is a new idea I’m working with. This is a review for Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List… in a video!

Watch out for the spoilers (I warn you in the video).

 

I hope you like this and tell me your thoughts in the comments! 

 

 

What are your thoughts on the book? Did you like it? Dislike it? Why?

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Anthem by Ayn Rand

November 8, 2008

Title: Anthem

Author: Ayn Rand

Grade: A

Number of Pages: 105

Edition: Paperback

Year: 1938

 

 

Contains: Drama, Romance, Coming-of-age.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 10

Writing: 9

Wow Factor: 9

 

Summary (from noblesoul.com): Anthem is written as the diary of Equality 7-2521, a young man living in a future in which people have lost all knowledge of individualism, to the point of not even knowing words like ‘I’ or ‘mine.’ Everyone lives and works in collective groups, with all aspects of daily life dictated by councils — the Council of Vocations, the Council of Scholars, etc. When he is assigned to a menial job cleaning the streets, Equality 7-2521 rebels against collectivism by conducting secret scientific research, which eventually leads him to re-create electric light. When he presents his discovery to the Council of Scholars, they condemn him for daring to act as an individual and threaten to destroy his creation. He is joined there by his love, a girl called Liberty 5-3000. They come across an ancient house, a relic of the Unmentionable Times before collectivism. There they rediscover the lost language of the self. 

My Review : Go out and read it now! I loved this book very much. In the beginning it is hard to get used to because as you learned in the summary the main character says “we” when he means “I”, and “ours” when he means “mine”. Just replace those and you will understand what Equality is trying to say. I really adored this book because it was a tale of adventure, romance, and being your own person. I think I liked this book this much because Equality is so different from the other people in this society. I can relate to him because of this. He likes to think and he doesn’t like being told how things are. I also liked how he didn’t feel guilty of what he was doing because it made him feel peaceful. Equality has emotions and loves Liberty very much and that always made me happy throughout the story. I learned to never let people tell me what to do because it would be really sad to have this happen to society. Please, please read this book. It will teach you and it surely was enjoyable.

I’d love to hear your comments/thoughts if you have or haven’t read this book. 🙂

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

October 13, 2008

Title: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Rating: ★★★ ½

Number of Pages: 167

Edition: Hardcover

Year: 1953

 

Contains: Science Fiction, Drama, Relationships, and a little Suspense.

 

 

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 7

Plot: 9

Writing: 6

Wow Factor: 8

Summary : Guy Montag is a fireman of an unset future. In this future firemen don’t extinguish fires, they start them… to burn books. The government is controlling of the people, banning books forever. This future makes everyone happy, because without books people don’t think too hard about about their government. That way they can be fair and keeps out controversy in books… the “bright” readers will no longer shadow the “dumb” non-readers. Montag’s wife Mildred is all about her TV parlor “family” (the walls in this future interact with you and act like your family), even though on the inside she may not be as happy as she seems. Montag meets Clarisse. She is a young girl who likes to touch, smell, and see the world unlike everyone else who is just stuck to their TV parlors. Clarisse opens Montag’s eyes to how interesting ideas in books are. However, for Montag, who is going through a mid-life enlightenment because of books, changing a world adapted to having no such “nonsense” around is a difficult task to overcome. 

My Review (no spoilers): I enjoyed this book. It was really interesting and mind-blowing scary to think into this idea of a world with no books. The science fiction is really light, so people who don’t like science fiction much (like me) won’t detest this book. Fahrenheit 451 is one of those books that makes you think and leaves an impact. At first it may be hard to get into, Bradbury has a tendency to write what he is thinking in his brain, like if he thinks AHHH! he will write AHHH! instead of “Montag yelled”, but give it a little more time and you’ll be liking it a lot more. Montag is an amazing character, risking it all to try to help the people in this mindless world who only care about their TV parlors and have no true democracy see the magic that is in books. Mildred is a slightly annoying character, but you’ll see why if you read the book. Clarisse is kind of like us book-lovers. She sees the great that is brought in books and isn’t shy to tell everyone she meets about it. She’s proud of it, and she’s courageous to show it. The last 3/4 of the book is really the best part. I couldn’t stop reading it and to know what would happen to Montag. The ending isn’t as impacting as I expected it to be, but this is still a great book nonetheless. 

My Thoughts (contains spoilers): First off, there is really a lot of spoilers here so please don’t read it if you haven’t read the book. I really couldn’t believe a lot of the parts in this book. Like for example, I really didn’t like the fact that everyone was so brainwashed… I wanted to yell at them. I expected Beatty to be on Montag’s side! And then when Montag killed him, wow I was in total shock. When Mildred turned Montag in and ran away never to see him again I felt bad for Montag because all his marriage he had been with a woman who did not care for him. He was living a lie all his life and when you are enlightened at an age that is older than 20, it is a shock and hard to come by. Faber was a really important part of the story, but I didn’t like that he was such a coward about everything he did. If you’re going to try to save humanity, at least do it and not back off as a coward. 

 

Would you like to read this book? Why? Have you read this book? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!