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review 2016-07-16 23:00
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque

Hmm...I don't know what to say about this one. I actually have no strong feelings about it.

 

I thought it shed some interesting insight into the events of World War 1. And I appreciate that.

 

Here's the problem, though: a lot of sad things happen, and people die. But I felt no attachment for these characters, so while it's sad it's not heartbreaking.

 

Okay, I have to say this. Don't judge me, but I actually ship Paul and Kat. <3

 

Sometimes the writing is way too descriptive and it's purple prose. That was annoying. But there's actually a few really good quotes (I'll add them later)

 

Tl;dr version- This definitely has literary merit, so I would absolutely recommend reading it! Quality wise, I'd give it four stars. But I just didn't particularly enjoy it and it's not a book that had a large emotional impact on me. Hence three stars.

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review 2014-09-27 00:45
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros

House on Mango Street is not a novel. The blurb lies. It is a series of short stories (vignettes) all about one girl named Esperanza Cordero.

I was not a big fan of the writing. I hated it, actually. I feel like every time I actually got interested in a story, it would be over. They're SO short. It's annoying.

This book is just so flat. There were some characters that has potential and that I am interested in, but then they are never mentioned again. Like Marin. Or Alicia. And Ruthie. The actual plot is quite boring. It's just day-to-day life on Mango Street. That is not interesting to me. 

Simply put, this is not something I would read if my school didn't make us read it. And House on Mango Street is not something I would recommend. It's a waste of time, IMO.

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review 2014-09-11 03:47
Tar Beach - Faith Ringgold

I thought this was really good. It's not like most children's books. It's a bit more real and raw. On the surface it seems like fantasy: Cassie talks about how she can "fly". But if you read between the lines, you can see that she's not really flying. She's just dreaming. About what it would be like to not be poor, to not be discriminated against because of her and her family's ethnicity. In my opinion, the bridge that Cassie (main character) keeps talking about is a symbol of what she would like to be; rich, happy and not having to struggle to survive. At least, that's my interpretation.

 

I recommend this book to everyone. 

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review 2013-10-27 05:18
Mini-Review: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : An Authoritative Text Contexts and Sources Criticism (Norton Critical Edition) - Mark Twain

I read this is high-school. I don't know what it was that made me not like it; the forced discussion, the boring content, the general distaste for overlong classics... I don't know. 

I did like the Wishbone version though.

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