I’ve recently started reading a lot again, after a period of well, not reading a lot. I decided I’d mini-review some of my most recent reads.
Harry Potter – JK Rowling. I’m constantly re-reading the series, and as it is THE GREATEST SERIES OF ALL TIME it really needs no further review. Except for a reminder to watch A Very Potter Musical on Youtube.
Liar – Justine Larbalestier. This was reccommended to me by a librarian family friend, I was severely disappointed by this novel. It had potential, it really did, but it was ruined by silly sci-fi additions and confusing lies. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t become frustrated in the beginning and read the ending. Hmmm. Have you read it? What did you think?
Pink – Lili Wilkinson. I loved this book so much I finished it in one night. It follows a pretty typical teen novel storyline, revolving around Ava Simpson who changes to try and fit in at a new school. This book could have gone either way, but thankfully, it was awesome. The characters were fun and interesting, and even though there was an underlying theme of homosexuality, it was still easy to relate to. It explores the main theme of self-discovery in a really awesome way, and has no fantasy/sci-fi aspects whatsoever, something very rare in a teen novel today.
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee. As part of our prejudice unit in English, we are studying To Kill A Mockingbird. I had never read it before, and according to kids in the other classes who had already read it, it was dry, hard to understand and very difficult to read, so I wasn’t expecting much. After a shaky start, I couldn’t put it down. It was absolutely amazing and I loved every bit of it. I loved it so much, in fact, that I plan to re-read it before school starts again. Like ‘The Boy In The Striped Pajamas’ it was written from the perspective of an innocent child who does not understand many of the things happening around her. I love it when books do this, because it adds another layer of interpretation to the novel, in this, it helped us to discover just who/what the mockingbird was. Pretty much, if you haven’t already read this, you definitely should.
My Worst Best Friend – Dyan Sheldon. This book could quite possibly win the award for the most predictable novel ever. From the first chapter I knew exactly what was going to happen. It was that bad. Ok, so it wasn’t bad as such, it was just typical teen novel dribble. With a title like ‘My Worst Best Friend’, you know that her best friend at the start of the novel is going to end up with that title by the end of it. If you want a mindless story to distract you, I guess this is it. No thinking involved. At all.
The Piper’s Son – Melina Marchetta. Ok, so technically I haven’t read more than a chapter of this yet.You see, I bought this because I love Melina Marchetta, and didn’t realise it was a kind of sequel to ‘Saving Francesca’. I have read, and loved, it, but it was so long ago I can’t really remember the storyline and stuff. I could read ‘The Piper’s Son’ without knowing what happened, but the same characters are in it and i’unno, I just want to re-read ‘Saving Francesca’ first. The book has lots of promise, though.
What have you been reading?
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