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That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E Hinton

December 16, 2008

Title: That Was Then, This is Now

Author: S.E Hinton

Edition: Paperback

Number of Pages: 160

Grade: B+

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

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

Characters: 10

Plot: 9

Writing: 8

Wow Factor: 9

Summary: This book was set in the Hippie-era of the 60’s when people were getting drafted for the Vietnam War. The narrator is Bryon Douglas, a 16 year old who’s smart and smart-aleck. He lives in a low-income white neighborhood. Here tensions between blacks and whites are still high during the Civil Rights Movement. Bryon’s best friend and basically brother is Mark. Bryon and Mark have always been like brothers after Bryon’s mom took Mark under her wing. Bryon and Mark hustle to get by and they do other illegal things. Mark is very sneaky and likes fighting, and Bryon had always liked it until…

He meets this girl named Cathy. She changes him completely. Cathy makes Bryon think a lot. Cathy doesn’t really like Mark and Mark doesn’t really like Cathy. Bryon starts to drift from Mark because he is starting to grow up as a result of his first love, Cathy. M&M is Cathy’s brother and Mark and Bryon’s friend. He gets in trouble with a powerful drug after running away and Mark has to do partly with some of that. Will Bryon and Mark stay brothers? Will Cathy and Bryon last?

Review: This novel is burning a hole inside of me. I am really the type of person who likes happy endings. Part of me is content on how it ended but part of me isn’t. It is real life, but why can’t real life have a happy ending? I loved the characters, the action, everything. I enjoyed this book so much more than The Outsiders. I felt that it was more organized and in total a better story to tell. I think I may have liked this one more because of the romance added to the brothership involved. The point of view it is given in, a low-income society is something very rarely found in YA books. Overall, this is a straight forward, easy read that will get you thinking.

 

Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you want to read this book?

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

December 14, 2008

Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Edition: Paperback

Number of Pages: 256

Year: 2006

Grade: B-

 

Contains: Drama, Humor, Coming-of-Age, Relationships, Romance.

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

Characters: 9

Plot: 7

Writing: 9

Wow Factor: 8

 

 

 

Summary 

(from Amazon): Colin Singleton believes he is a washed-up child prodigy. A graduating valedictorian with a talent for creating anagrams, he fears he’ll never do anything to classify him as a genius. To make matters worse, he has just been dumped by his most recent girlfriend (all of them have been named Katherine), and he’s inconsolable. What better time for a road trip! He and his buddy Hassan load up the gray Olds (Satan’s Hearse) and leave Chicago. They make it as far as Gutshot, Tennessee, where they stop to tour the gravesite of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and meet a girl who isn’t named Katherine. It’s this girl, Lindsey, who helps Colin work on a mathematical theorem to predict the duration of romantic relationships. The laugh-out-loud humor ranges from delightfully sophomoric to subtly intellectual, and the boys’ sarcastic repartee will help readers navigate the slower parts of the story, which involve local history interviews. The idea behind the book is that everyone’s story counts, and what Colin’s contributes to the world, no matter how small it may seem to him, will, indeed, matter. 

 

Review

: Coming into this book I had a lot of expectations. I have heard so many great things about John Green, I have seen so many Brotherhood 2.0 videos and made an account on nerdfighters. I was both happy and disappointed. Truthfully, I just liked the book. I expected it to be this story that just stayed with me forever….

I loved the characters: Colin, Hassan, Hollis. Lindsey got a little annoying for me, what with her boyfriend and how she was different with different people. I really enjoyed the whole “let’s get into Satan’s Hearse and drive the country” kind of plot. I thought that the footnotes were amazing. It just made it that much better with the history, the foreign words, the pop culture references. John did put a lot of work into it and I can see that. I think Hassan and Colin’s relationship was the most interesting. To reiterate, I thought it was a very good book. It just didn’t blow me away like I thought it would. I think this is because it’s a summer book more than a thinking book like Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska seem to be. Don’t be discouraged from reading the book by my review. And BTW- the book is going to be a movie!

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Books I Read in Nov. 2008

December 12, 2008

This past month (you know, the one that ended 12 days ago) has been probably the least inspiring month and the most hectic at school. 

My hiatus didn’t allow me to do my monthly “Books I Read This Month”, so I will do it now. 🙂

Books I Read in Nov 2008

1. Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

Truly amazing, couldn’t keep it down. How I love this series. I can’t wait for Envy (Jan. 2009). 

 

 

2. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

I liked this book quite a lot. It was cute and funny. 

 

 

 

 

3. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

 

I loved Lisa’s new book. She’s awesome. There’s a surprise surrounding this book coming up soon….. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews on these coming up soon! Questions: videos or written reviews? Which one would you liked to see reviewed first? What did you read this past month?