Last week a friend of mine sends me this news article from the Washington Post. She receives the Imagination is Key e-Zine for this site and thought I could talk about it this month. Does she know me or what? The first thing I did was post it on the Facebook page. It was perfect for it. One of the friends of the page, whose also a part of the book club I'm in, notices the list has a few of the books we've discussed in the club. She was right of course. So I thought I would share it with you. Here's the list:
The Teens’ Top Ten 2010
1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
9. Fire by Kristin Cashore
10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
If you've kept up with this blog, then you know which of these we've read, but I'm going to tell you anyway: number's 6, 7 and 10. And even though we technically didn't review number 1, we did review it's sequel book and therefore discussed it in the process. We're such a hip club aren't we.
So tell me, have you read any of these books? I have to say the only one's I've read thus far are the book club books, but I may just try the other ones. I'm dying to see what the kids love about them.
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It appears The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier was not a big hit with the group. I think it's safe to say it was our least favorite of everything we read. Hey, we can't like them all can we.
First, there was too much character jumping. Half the time we had to search through the first part of the book just to figure out who he was talking about. Second, we're unsure about the ending: Did Jerry die from the massive beating he got or did he make it? As for me, I was hoping the conniving bully of the book (Archie) would get what he had coming to him. I know life isn't always like that where the bad guys get what they deserve in the end, but for me I like a book that ends that way.
Well, I guess you can't win them all. Sorry Robert.
Now, for our next book, I'm actually intrigued to read it: Stork by Wendy DelSol. It's supposed to be inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. You know how much I like a good retelling?
So I started The Chocolate War. So far I like it. It's a male author and a male cast, but he does well with it. The only complaint I have so far is the numerous characters he throws around. He switches back and forth between many of the boys giving some only a few pages or half a chapter.
I find it sometimes hard to follow the story between all the characters. There are a few main characters I think he would have done well sticking with and then throwing the rest as background characters instead of giving them their own scenes.
We'll see how the rest goes. Check back later.
It's no surprise, Mockingjay was a hit. Overall, we loved it. We couldn't stop talking about it. I think we could have gone all night if there was time. There were a few downsides. Some of us thought it was the lesser of the three. The first two had more adventure, better written, etc. Others thought scenes with Katniss were a cop-out. The first two books had her in the thick of things. She was front row and center for all the action and drama. In this book, she missed the important moments, like the final attack on the capital. What was that all about?
We liked the closing. Felt it was true to the story and true to the characters. Speaking of characters, we had our favorites: Haymitch, of course. He was a favorite to most of us and we laughed at his shenanigans. Some of us liked Boggs. He was a new character introduced in this third book but he was a good character and a good man. We also did the who Peeta vs. Gale debate. We felt she was better suited with Peeta in the end. Gale was hot headed just like Katniss. Katniss needed a calmer influence and Peeta was perfect.
For our next book, we decided to honor band book week and chose a band book. Our book: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Check back to see my progress.
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