Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Books: a Five and a Three

1) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Roswell -- loved it! I give it five stars. This is the story of two kids in high school who meet by dint of "only seat left" on the school bus. They very gradually begin to be friendly, and the book takes the reader through the evolution of their friendship. It's hard to put this book down. It's very engaging, and the characters are real, believable, and lovable. (Some of the characters are not exactly easy to love, but the two main characters definitely are.)

2) Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott -- these are the three prayers she says will cover everything you need in your prayer life. She expands on the three prayers as they may happen in one's daily life. As always, she is honest about her own doubts and her own failures, as she sees them. She is very humble and yet inspiring. Despite that, I found this little book a tad boring and can only give it three stars.

P.S. I just found out that there was big controversy over Eleanor & Park in a large school district in my state. OMG!! What are they thinking??!! It is such a beautiful book! Read about the controversy here, and Rowell's response to it. She responds with class. I'm ashamed it happened in my state.

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