Monday, October 18, 2010

Lottery by Patricia Wood - Book Review

LotteryLottery by Patricia Wood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up the audio book version of this book at the library to listen to while on a business trip. What a great choice!

Perry L. Crandall (the L stands for Lucky) has an IQ of 76, but he is not retarted - he's just slow. His Gram taught him some important things when she raised him: learn 5 new words from the dictionary every day (he's somewhere in the P's), don't say bad words, and most importantly, always play the lottery. Perry continues to take his Gram's advice after she passes away, and soon finds himself the winner of a $12 million lottery ticket. It doesn't take long for Perry's estranged and distrustful family to come knocking on his door. Fortunately, Perry has 2 friends he can trust: his best friend, Keith and his boss, Gary. He knows he can trust them, because his Gram told him so.

Perry L. Crandall is wiser than most people with an IQ of 120, and his story will warm your heart.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Book review

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The country of Panem, located in what was once known as North America, consists of 12 Districts ruled by the Capitol, an intimidating and controlling government. Every year, each District is required to send one boy and one girl, between the ages of 12 and 18, to The Hunger Games - a fight to the death. Only one of the 24 contestants will return home the victor. When her younger sister is randomly chosen as the female competitor for District 12, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place.

I was surprised to find this book was written for youth, considering the subject matter. However, it was one of the most engaging books I've read in some time. It was suspenseful up until the very end and I'm anxious to read the next two books. It's difficult to review, as the ending leaves much of the story unresolved, which is entirely due to the fact that this is the first book of a trilogy.

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