Thursday, June 3, 2010
Touching Spirit Bear
Posted by Alysa Stewart
I had to read this one fast. It wasn't due back to the library, and the book club I'm reading it for isn't meeting for a couple more weeks, but this is the kind of book I have to read fast.
Reason #1 I had to read it fast: I don't find the subject matter particularly pleasant. Library keywords on this one included Juvenile Delinquents, Anger, Forgiveness, Child Abuse. Not my typical fare. So I had to read it fast so that I would be invested in the story before I took a break.
Reason #2: I didn't like the main character. Now, it's apparent that you're not supposed to like the main character to start off with. Hence I had to read fast so that I could get to where I would like him.
Reason #3: I didn't savor the writing style. It did the job -- it told the story. But I found if I didn't read a good chunk then I was thinking about the writing style instead of the story when I closed the book. Mainly it was just extra words here and there. It's not a poorly written book, but just not my style.
So, I finished it in a day! I think it will make for good group discussion when the book club meets. And I don't think it was a waste of my time either -- I find myself wanting to be a better person, to meditate, and to commune with nature after reading the book. So I would recommend it, probably for junior high on up.