Jayla (bluej5) wrote in well_read,

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Three stones, one bird.

Man, I've fallen down on the job. There hasn't been any posts since November 7th! It's a new year and I've been reading my tush off.

By Daniel Wallace
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Amazon.com reviews gave the book glowing reviews but I, on the other hand, disliked it. I have to admit that I only wanted to read the book because of the movie coming out. It was simple and easy to read, but I was completely disconnected from the characters and the stories. I think my expectations of the book were too large to match up with it. I assumed that the book would have the poetic essence that prose fiction reads like, but it just didn't mesh with my idea of it. I blamed school for cutting into my reading time except that once school was over, it was more than easy to not finish it. I actually had to force myself to get to the end.

By Alice Hoffman
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I loved this book. It's written in prose [fiction] that is so captivating I didn't want to put it down. It was so easy to devour each and every word. The movie was quite a departure from what the book portrayed. For one, the lives of the characters (Sally, Gillian, Antonia and Kylie) were fleshed out a great deal. The aunts were not as present as I thought they would be. While Jimmy was prominent, he wasn't quite as dramatic compared to the movie. The list goes on. Everything was so thoroughly interesting that more was not enough.

By Carolyn Mackler
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Add this to the pile that made me say, "Wow, that was great." I actually found this in the young adult section, which makes sense since the narrator is a 16 year old girl. Sammie is your normal teenager who isn't skinny, popular or beautiful; but she has a lot of heart. Her perspective was spunky and surprisingly articulate. The characters were interesting and distinct to Sammie's growing experience throughout the story. I wasn't expecting it to be such a page turner but I found Sammie to be such an intriguing character that I wanted to know how everything unfolded for her. It isn't very often that I find a story that could justify life in a way that I could have lived through it.
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