Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Hunger Games - the review I wrote on Good Reads

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started this book in October. The first two chapters were depressing. As I was reading, a weight settled in on my shoulders and my mood was dark. I'd spent the summer wading through books I HATED, hoping they would get better, determined not to quit reading until the end. I gave myself permission to put this book away, lift the weight, and move on.

But I couldn't shake it. Everyone was raving about it. People that I know loved it. My sister-in-law lent me her copies of all three books. She knows what I like to read. It couldn't be all bad. Right?

I kept telling myself that I should be a responsible parent and read it because it seemed like the type of book that my son will eventually have to read at school. Guilt usually works for me, but I still couldn't make myself pick it up.

Then, yesterday, I was helping with testing at our middle school. The librarian suggested that I find a book to read to help pass the time. I was walking through the shelves when our assistant principal suggested that I read Hunger Games because it will be required reading for my son next year. (I so called that one.) She said it was the kind of book that I will want to read before he did. She even went so far as to track down a copy for me from one of the teachers since all of the copies in the library were checked out.

So, I turned to chapter 3 and I read, reluctantly. And then at lunch I went home and continued reading until I looked up and it was time to get the kids from school. While they were doing homework, I read some more. And after they were in bed, I read until it was over.

I couldn't put it down. Not because I loved it, because I didn't want to leave Katniss in the arena any longer than necessary. Because I wanted to know how the story would end.

Hunger Games is not the genre I enjoy. But I can appreciate a good story. I think my son will love it.

Will I read the second one? Yes, for the exact same reason I read all four Twilight books, because I'm a sucker for a good story.

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Sunny said...

I really liked The Hunger Games, and so did Mackenzie. I bet C will too. I can see how it'd be depressing, though. And not to spoil it for you...I also thought the first book was the best of the 3. The others were ok, just not as good. (I thought the last book was the most depressing of them all, so brace yourself.) But I'm like you...I 'had' to finish them - all of them.

Since getting my Kindle and finding TONS of free books, I'm getting to where I can sometimes...sometimes...let a book go without finishing it if it's just not good. I usually can't abandon a book, but sometimes you get what you pay for.

valerie in TX said...

Ok, I need to know more about this. I've heard a lot about it too, but always thought of it as an "adult" book. K just asked me last night if she could read it, because EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. IN. THE. SIXTH. GRADE. HAS. READ. IT!! :)

I told her no based purely on my assumptions. We are VERY selective about what our kids read...what are your thoughts? What was good/bad about it? What IS the genre? Questionable elements? And you know I don't mind spoilers, so please do tell all. :) (If you email me, be sure to change the "to" address from the auto-reply, as I don't know how to set up my blogger account to include my email address on comments!)

jenifer said...

i read them. they do not get better. the first is the best... they suck you in and you read HOPING for goodness. it never comes. it leaves you with the feeling that life is just BLAH and then you die. i hated these books. hated them, but read them all. todd is with me- but he liked them more. like twilight, we are sick of semi-psycho girls. i have a different outlook on life-- GOOD does conquer evil. Life is GOOD with some hard. JOY is everywhere. maybe, if you stop hoping everything will turn out, then you will be happy with the ending. for sure these are not "feel good" books-- i'm a feel good book kind of girl.

Misty said...

Genny has been dying to read it so i picked up a copy for her stocking... She'll be thrilled but the premise did not interest me AT ALL. I know tons of people who rave about it, but Blech...

And really though, I just wanted to apologize (again) for the summer books...

Want a good story? The Night Circus... seriously!

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

Misty, the summer books weren't all your fault. I have to take some of the blame :)

Su said...

I read them, I loved them, but I'm in agreement with everybody: They do not get better.

Seriously? This is 7th grade required reading? Yikes!!

The trailer for the movie has me bawling every time, right when Katniss trades places with Prim. I don't know if I'll be able to watch the movies (but then, I don't really watch any movies, so no surprises there).