Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Review: The Wednesday Wars
By Gary D Schmidt
For Book Club
Recommended by Me
First sentence Of all the kids in the seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with heat whiter than the sun.
The adventures of a seventh grader, Holling Hoodhood, in the late 60's.
This is the second time through this book and I was excited to read it again for book club. I LOVED it the first time through. It's hilarious and sweet and such a fun read. It's hard to find anyone who doesn't like this one. This time through, and it might have been my mood, I found myself a little more skeptical at how well things worked out for Holling all the time. Don't get me wrong, I still thoroughly enjoyed this books and still laughed my way through it, I just noted that it was slightly unbelievable. Of course then I started thinking why that fact was bugging me. Would it have been any more realistic with things not working out? Plenty of bad things happen in this book, they just end up turning out OK. My own life has been pretty much the same so why should I complain? So I shoved away any negative feelings and just enjoyed it again. Anywho, my own personal insights aside, you really should read this book. It's incredibly well written, has unforgettable characters and some amazing lessons. It's one of those books you read and then want to buy for everyone you know so they'll read it too.
As I said, these characters are unforgettable. I still remembered them and loved them from the first time I read it. you won't find a cliched character anywhere within the pages.
Would I recommend it?
Oh, yes, and if you don't take my advice and read it, I'll have to start buying copies and shoving them at you.