Sunday, September 28, 2008

Book Reviews 5 & 6

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson
I loved this book. I feel a little embarrassed admitting that I'd never read it before. I knew I didn't want to watch the movie until I'd read it and now, well I may never watch the movie. With books that I truly like, I don't watch the movies cuz it just ruins it all! Case in point, Prince Caspian.
I would really like to see a youth group use this book for more in depth discussions about eternity. There are some great opportunities to discuss what it means to believe (or not believe) in God's Word, what happens when you die, etc.
Altogether, really neat book. I love the many different relationships going on...friendships, father/son, sibling, etc.

13. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Taylor
I gritted my teeth through this book. It was sad...that's the nicest thing I can come up with to say about it. My heart still aches for this sad family...left with an abusive mother by an absent father, every family meal ending horribly, poor kids creating a restaurant so they can "create family dinners" because they'd never had good ones. The whole story culminates with a dinner after the mother's funeral and it leaves you, right where it began, slightly depressed and yearning for better things for this fractured family. No hope! In the future when I think a book is a dud I'm not finishing it. This was a waste of time for me.

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Robin said...

thanks for the reviews. Dinner at the homesick restaurant sounds depressing. I probably wouldn't have finished it. Good job!

Robin of mytwoblessings

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

Thanks for the honest reviews, Bobbi. I have not read Terabithia or seen the movie, but I do know from a former neighbor who had read the book to her daughter and then took her to the movie that the movie has a completely different ending. It was unexpected and sad. I don't want to blow it for you, but will tell you more if you want to know.