The Book Nook is my little place to talk about (not to be insanely obvious here…) books. Because I like to read a book every year or so. I promise I won’t give anything away (but, things happen). And, there is a 76% chance that you’ll find this review a complete waste of time because you read the book 10 years ago. Moving on.
*Can you believe how many books I’ve read lately? I think it’s because I miss TV.
THE BOOK: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My thoughts (which most likely carry little to no influence): This book was recommended to me this summer by two people I only got to hang out with a few times, but wished I had a lifetime more to spend with them. They trucked it home to the Midwest but I am still holding out hope that they’ll move back to the mountains.
Since I was waiting for Cane River to dry up apparently, it took me almost half a year to honor their recommendation. I can tell you now, I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long! The premise of the book drops you into a futuristic society ruled by a cruel government; where the main attraction is the annual Hunger Games – in which girls and boys, in between the ages of 12 and 18, are forced to fight to the death. Yeah. It’s really really disturbing. I busted through this book so fast that I gave myself situational hypertension. It’s a good read. It’s a TRILOGY so, of course I have the two other books on reserve at the library. Another bonus? It gave me a way to relate to my track kids since they’ve all read these books too. It’s a nice change because normally they have a hard time wrapping their brains around the stuff I like to talk about (going to sleep before 9.30pm, health insurance woes, and granny panties).
My reasoning for the lower grade being, it’s a teen novel so the writing is simple. More importantly, in my mind, it just could have been so much better. The latter part was a bit cheesy for my taste, and I came up with a bazillion better ways to end this bad boy that I drove myself mad.
Would I recommend it to a stranger on the bus (trying to make his way home)? For sho’. I recommended it to Hubs and he devoured it faster than my homemade pumpkin bread (which, obviously, was not received well).
What I am reading now: I’m reading instructions on a box of hair dye, and am hopeful for fancy new highlights that look like they are worth more than the eight dollars I paid for them.