Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

At the library where I work, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is so popular that the staff is amazed if one actually makes it back on the shelf. Since the kids are always asking for it, I decided that I should read it in order to see what all the hype is about.

Maybe it is because I am old but I did not find the main character, Greg, very likable at all. Basically, he spends the entire book torturing his friend and making fun of other people. I was rather happy when his friend, Rowley, ditched him for some other people. He did redeem himself in the end somewhat but not enough to make me like the book. I wished there were a few more instances where he showed some redeeming qualities or at the very least appreciated having Rowley as a friend.

My feeling aside about Greg aside, the drawings and the writing make the book interesting to read and I can see why kids would like it. It is a great book for all those reluctant readers out there. If you are in middle school, you might even find it funny. I probably will read the other books in the series because I do want to know if Greg is able to grow as a person.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Review: Hunger

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Death comes knocking at Lisa's door and offers her the opportunity to be Famine, one of the Riders of the Apocalypse. It is an interesting choice since Lisa suffers from an eating disorder and her life is ruled by food. However, as a rider, Lisa is able to come to terms with her food issues and seek help from those that love her.

I like how the Jackie Kessler took a unique approach to writing about eating disorders. I also thought it would interesting how in the end she talks about her own bought with bulimia. This is a great book for any teen, especially those with an eating disorder. Even if you are not a teen, Hunger is still an interesting read and I look forward to reading the next book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series.