Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Things They Carried

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. New York: Broadway Books, 1990. Print.

Annotation: Tim O’Brien, through masterful storytelling, brings you into the war that was fought in Vietnam. He tells us the experiences of death, fear, madness, loss of innocence and hope that each young solider experienced as they marched through an unknown land. 

Awards: France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Review: Although Tim O’Brien experienced war first hand, he chooses to write this story as fiction. After reading this book, it is hard to accept this as fiction however, O'Brien elaborates on storytelling in the chapter “Good Form” which brings into perspective why this is better considered a fiction story as oppose to a true life account. Each chapter is a short story that expands the entirety of trials the individuals must face in dealing with being at war. Tim O’Brien assumes the role of the main character along with 11 other men that observe as well as experiences the hell of Vietnam. Each character has their own story which deals with the many themes of war that include hating, fearing, regretting, and coming to terms with their life that is forever changed. O’Brien does an exceptional job at conveying the emotions of these men and what kept them going through what some felt was an unnecessary war. The storytelling is so captivating that it made this book very had to put down.

Alex C. Age 17
"My personal favorite genre of book is Non-Fiction or Historical.  I enjoy learning about the stories of our past..."

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Blume, Judy. Forever.... New York: Simon Pluse, 1975. Print.

Annotation: This is the story of Katherine, a girl in her senior of high school who meets her first love, Michael. They begin a very serious relationship that throws them into the many trials and tribulations of love, sex and heartbreak.

Awards: Winner of the A.L.A. Margaret A. Edwards Award

: A first love is definitely a monumental moment in a teenager’s life. It brings them to a whole new world of feelings, emotions and experiences that bring about inevitable changes. Katherine and Michael are the typical teenagers that spend every free minute together, lust after one another while being sexually responsible, and feel that their love will last forever. But how long is forever? When Katherine’s parents sign her up to work at summer camp, 7 weeks away from Michael seems like an eternity. It is during this time that Katherine has the chance to step away and truly see if her love for Michael is genuine or if her experience at camp is the start to a whole new journey in life. 

Judy Blume does a fantastic job of getting inside the teenager’s experience of a first love. It is hard not to relate to one aspect or another within this story and truly feel for the characters and what they must go through. It is a very realistic and mature take on the challenges teenagers must face during their first love.

Stevie P. Age 17
"When I read a book I put myself in the main character's mind set... I love romances and dramas...I also love the book Forever Judy Blume, she's one of my favorite authors. "