29 Nisan 2015 Çarşamba

Book Review 2: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee



"The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbirdtakes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos."



My Review: 

A must read book. It is kind of a book that makes you travel through your memories, childhood dreams or fears and that reminds you the very fact that it takes time to grow up. Remembering that I had an amazing childhood at the corner of a small town, I and my friends had our own version of Boo Radley, Cunningams and Ewells. I guess that is the reason I kept reading the book with a feeling of wonder, amazement but also missing those old days of mine. So, I think the book is a masterpiece in terms of how to show that anything could make up a huge story and a wonderful book if you know how to deliver it to the readers. Yet, let's not forget the outstanding power of the Harper Lee's characters who are so clearly described both physically and emotionally that readers have a very clear view of them and this make you feel a part of the whole story. Additionally, it is always good to have some ideas of the American society at that time; struggles and successes. I strongly recommend this book to everyone and it would definitely worth every second and nickel to be spent on on it.



19 Nisan 2015 Pazar

Book Review I: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Goodreads on the book:

"Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.


Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love".


My Review:


The subject of the book is cancer which is an easy topic to get reader’s attention and when you see that people with cancer are just children, then the book catches you off guard. Readers expect that writer should add some depth to the story so that it makes the book more interesting. However, I could not find such a depth in the story of the book regardless of the sense of humor and love story in the whole book. Some parts make me feel like they just happen without sufficient level of background information and reasoning. Overall, the main story of the book is constructed rather superficially. 


When reading this types of a fiction book, readers live the stories in their minds and want to be a part of them. At this point, it is vital to draw characters like in real life so as to give them life in the minds of readers. If characters are well pictured and described both emotionally and physically, it would be easier for readers. Yet, I felt like characters especially kids with cancer are very much grown up (not like real one with some exceptional cases throughout the book) and that made me unable to get attached to those people, and to the book in return. 


My conclusion would be that this is a book with serious lack of depth and dimension, insufficiently developed details, weird characters lacking details. Of course, if you have close people who suffered and died of cancer, the book will definitely catch you. However, it is not because of how excellently this book is constructed and developed but it is just cancer and children.