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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  07/31/14 10:30, by , Categories: Books

This book was interesting and kept me engaged the whole time I was reading it. I did tend to skim some sections, though. Sometimes it was because the ins and outs of furniture restoration were being described or periods of drug use resulted in stream-of-consciousness-type prose. Other times it was because the story was exciting and I couldn't wait to find out what happened. I have very mixed feelings about the book because I didn't like the main character, but the self-reflection at the end of the story may have been worth it. I'm not sure.

There were a few nitpicky things that bothered me in the writing. The author is very detail-oriented about so many things, but it took me out of the story when she tried to convey teenagers texting. Not only does no one text like that ("He only likes 2go 2 3mpty rstrnts where nobody goes"), but this story is supposed to be reconstructed by journal entries from the main character. Why would a teen transcribe the "txt-speak" instead of writing the gist of the conversation? Also, someone should let the author know that restarting your computer does not clear your browser history, no matter how many times you restart it.

I was really affected by this story. At a particularly low point in the main character's life, I found myself in a bad mood for most of the day. I laughed out loud pretty hard at a few things. I was shocked by some turns of events. The end of the book gave me a lot to think about.

Overall, I think I had a love/hate relationship with this book. There were things I really liked and things I really disliked. I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but I wouldn't say I didn't like it, either.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" by Jeff Kinney

  05/01/08 13:09, by , Categories: Books

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Diary-Wimpy-Kid-Jeff-Kinney/dp/0810993139

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This book was an amusing quick read. It does a good job of presenting the thoughts and attitude of a middle schooler through text and drawings in a (mostly) accurate and entertaining way.

Unfortunately, the main character doesn’t seem to learn any lessons by the end of the book. Because of this, I wouldn’t recommend it for actual middle schoolers. As for high schoolers and adults, I think it is a book worth borrowing from the library.

"As Simple As Snow" by Gregory Galloway

  08/06/07 14:15, by , Categories: Books

Link: http://www.amazon.com/As-Simple-Snow-Alex-Awards/dp/0399152318/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/102-6828029-4183326?qid=1186423928

I just finished this book during my lunch break today. It was amazing.

I was let down by the lack of answers at the end, until I did a little searching online. The answers to the mysteries this book presents aren't in the book, but I'm pretty sure there are answers to be found. It's riddled with clues and codes which the author leads me to believe can be deciphered in the real world.

My new hobby is to figure it out.

"A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby

  09/23/05 15:49, by , Categories: Books

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1573223026/ref=nosim/002-6579131-1363257?n=283155

This book is very funny and interesting and morbid. It's kind of like Harold & Maude meets the Breakfast Club.

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