No matter, though, because when it’s working—as it is for most of its 394 pages—Half Bad is both gripping and surprisingly sophisticated in its consideration of how easy it is to turn any group into an all-purpose enemy that stands in for all the evils of the world.
It’d be nice and easy if this book and I were the rainbow-unicorn-happiness type. But what we have is real and it hurts, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
...his gift for orchestrating suspense and dramatic scenes — so vividly on display in “Damascus Gate,”...is deployed here with efficiency and élan. As is his talent for charting his characters’ psychological and spiritual longings.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.
For policymakers, parents and anyone concerned about the dismantling of one of our democracy’s great institutions.
Rowell makes all of Cath’s relationships—with her father; Wren; her acerbic roommate, Reagan; and, especially, Reagan’s ex Levi...touching and utterly real.
Inauthentic though Foer's creations may seem, they are suffused with... a yearning to reconstitute a shattered past, to... express the inexpressible. In this he is as sincere and committed as he needs to be.
In a honeyed dialect, the omnipresent narrator directly engages readers, ricocheting between the hilarious human and critter dramas to a riotous finale.
While the vignettes drawn from her two years in a posh psychiatric hospital are witty and often powerful, their concern with surface detail conveys little sense of Kaysen as the suicidal 18-year-old who was admitted.
Between the ruined world and the mutants, there’s plenty of threats to keep the pages turning. Though genre elements are in place, this page-turner earns an A for freshness.
"And the Mountains Echoed" is painfully sad but also radiant with love: the enduring bond of a brother and sister; the irritable but bedrock connection of cousins; the quiet intimacy of master and servant who become friends...
I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating.
A setup like this would be hard to resolve in one book, and Yancey doesn’t try; there’s plenty of room left for a sequel or two. Smart man.
The thing that distinguishes Anne from so many "girls' books" of the first half of the 20th century is its dark underside: this is what gives Anne its frenetic, sometimes quasi-hallucinatory energy, and what makes its heroine's idealism and indignation so poignantly convincing.
What-will-happen-next reading best approached after picking up the series’ first two entries.
Witty banter, sarcasm, love triangles and flying ponies (compliments of Eleanor) will be found in this story. The writing style may not be out of this world but it's a brilliant holiday read.
The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.
This taut, atmospheric novel initially appeared as weekly instalments in 1859. Its insights remain relevant...
Scheming and action carry readers at a breathless pace to an end that may surprise them and will definitely leave them panting for the series’ conclusion.
Six Years, is a compulsively readable thriller. It’s also a love story.