Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Berlin Boxing Club is a rough read....and you know it's going to be with a setting of Nazi Germany and the main character being a Jewish kid who wants to be a boxer.....that being said, I am glad this was assigned to me to read.  It was a quick read, very on point with the characters and an engaging story that hasn't been done a million times (which is hard in Holocaust fiction)........I really enjoyed this, despite the depressing story setting it managed to be uplifting and enjoyable to read.

Aaaand now another sad shootings.......however, this one isn't a tragic story and is a VERY fast read due to being told in poetry format.  Andy is the janitor's kid and is one of a few bullied kids.  He befriends Blake and through the course of their friendship he discovers that Blake has a gun, courtesy of his father who died in the military.  Andy enjoys shooting the gun at cans and trees, but is worried at his friends obsession with "getting even" with all the bullies.  He is left with a choice, betray his only friend or risk a greater betrayal if Blake isn't joking and indeed intends to carry through with his threats.  I liked that this story isn't from the shooters point of view, and I liked the flowing nature of the narrative.

I don't usually pick up Joan Bauer books, and I don't know why....because every time I read one, I quite enjoy it.  Close to Famous is no exception to this rule.  I was assigned this title, and while it looked like it would be a lame book about a kid who liked turned out to be quite good.  Foster loves baking, it is her armour against all the other difficulties in her life; like her mom's abusive boyfriend, like her inability to learn to read and her father's death in Iraq.  When Foster and her mother end up in West Virginia in a tiny little town, she doesn't have high hopes; but as she meets various residents things start to change......Foster finds her niche and real friends and the strength to deal with all that life throws her way.   I really enjoyed this...perhaps a bit more than I might've if I hadn't just finished two VERY depressing titles, but still....a nice fun light book with well drawn characters and an interesting story.

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