After rescuing his baby brother from falling out the window, David Case becomes a large believer in Fate. In fact, he becomes obsessed and believes that Fate could strike at any time, and completely destroy his life. He decides to attempt outrunning Fate by changing his name to Justin Case. Not only does he decide to change his name, but he decides to change his appearance too. Whilst he is at a thrift shop, looking for new clothes he meets Agnes. Agnes helps Justin with his new look, and remains a part of his life as he tries to escape Fate, along with Boy, his imaginary dog, and Peter, another friend.Rosoff manages to turn this simple idea of Fate, into an extremely amazing and powerful book. The ideas which are brought to the table are not straightforward, and the reader must think for themself. However, all the puzzle and mystery definitely make the book worth reading.The eccentric characters of 'Just in Case' are a fabulous addition to the already quirky ideas in the novel. Rosoff is a luminous writer, and never fails to surprise. ‘Just in Case’ is another brilliant accumulation to all her other fabulous novels.
In this gripping chronicle, Adeline Yen Mah relates the story of her touching yet inspiring childhood. The tale is set in China in the 1940s, and speaks of the abuse the young girl endures as the youngest child of her father's first marriage. It also shows her immense acts of courage in such harsh times.When Adeline's mother dies a few weeks after giving birth to her, the older children blame Adeline. Their commanding father ignores Adeline, except when she achieves good grades in school. Soon after, Adeline's father remarries. Her new stepmother daily derides and debases innocent, young Adeline. The youngster never speaks of the abuse she endures day by day, because she is not willing to dishonour her family. Ultimately, with the help of her kindhearted grandfather and aunt, Adeline moves to England to eventually become both a triumphant doctor, and best-selling author.Adeline Yen Mah writes this tale with the thought that anything can be achieved, no matter what the circumstances are. The brave, young girl fights for what she believes in and never gives up. She shows audacity even through the toughest of times. This is a lesson to be learned for everyone.I highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to shed a few tears, as it really is a heartbreaking story. Nevertheless, it is absolutely worth reading, and will allow you to feel grateful for the life you lead now. Anything is possible, and this novel is just one example of that.
Prosper and Bo are sent to live with their aunt and uncle when their parents pass away. The only problem is that they want Bo, and not Prosper. Prosper does not for a second agree with going to boarding school and leaving Bo behind with their dreaded Aunt Esther. This leads them to run away to Venice, Italy, which is the enchanting city their mother often spoke of. Prosper and Bo soon discover that Venice is not as glorious as their mother had made it seem. With winter approaching hastily, and with no real plans where to go they are adopted by the Thief Lord.Prosper and Bo try to survive living in an old, abandoned cinema whilst resorting to crime to get every day essentials. They also have to avoid being caught by the secret investigator who is hired by their Aunt Esther. These are just a few of the obstacles which meet Prosper and Bo.“The Thief Lord” is a clever and charming tale which incorporates exciting adventures. Though it is gloomy at times, it is also quite humorous due to the innocent, clumsy and inexperienced characters of Prosper and Bo. Funke has produced a clever and creative novel for almost all ages. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys adventures, and even if you don’t I think you might just like this one. This novel will definitely go down as one of my favourites!
‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is a heart-wrenching Holocaust story of the prohibited friendship between an eight-year-old German boy and a Jewish child. Bruno, who is the son of an exalted Nazi soldier, lives in Berlin until his father is transferred to a job out in the country. Bruno is bewildered by his new surroundings and is curious as to why his mother and father will not let him play at the nearby “farm.” He does not know that the “farm” is in fact a concentration camp. One day, he sneaks away and meets Shmuel, the same age as him, who is imprisoned at the nearby concentration camp. The two young boys form a perilous friendship, playing games through the electrical fence. Their friendship leads to a tear-jerking climax.‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is a dramatic rendition of WWII. The novel is narrated through the eyes of an 8 year old boy. The beginning of the text is set during WWII in Berlin, which then changes to the country side in the vicinity of Auschwitz. The two children play their role very convincingly, allowing readers to empathise with them. It is an accurate portrayal of racism in the modern era. It shows us the shocking treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust. The text gives us a poignant yet subtle view on WWII. Boyne allows the readers to imagine what it would have been like for such young children during the tragic time of WWII. He portrays the young boys with such innocence, but their innocence is what leads to the horrific ending. Boyne writes this novel beautifully, allowing readers to feel an immense amount of compassion for Bruno and Shmuel.
Andrea Sachs, is a small-town girl, who has recently completed college. She lands a job at Runway magazine, which "a million girls would die for." She is hired as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the prestigious, staggeringly flourishing editor of Runway magazine. Suddenly, Andrea finds herself amongst superbly stylish, unbelievably thin, gorgeous women and flattering men who show off their finely toned bodies with luxurious clothes such as Prada, Versace and Armani. Andrea finds it quite difficult to fit in amongst these "glamazons" and pursues a way to impress her hard-to-please boss.'The Devil Wears Prada' shows contrast between humour and seriousness whilst having "The Boss from Hell." It is narrated with the innocent voice of Andrea Sachs, who finds it hard to juggle such an exhausting job with her private life. From fetching coffee during ridiculously early hours of the morning, to trips to Fashion Week in Paris, Andrea Sachs rides a roller-coaster of emotions. This job takes her on a journey of self-discovery, where she finds what she really wants out of this job, but more importantly, what she wants out of life.Weisberger adds numerous unexpected twists into the text, which keeps the reader coming back for more. This novel shows a different view on what the fashion world is like, especially for an outsider. Wonderfully written, with various laughs along the way. This novel is a great read even for those who have no interest in fashion whatsoever.
Felix is a young, Jewish boy living in Poland during the time of Nazi occupation in the 1940s. He is placed in an orphanage in 1939, and three years and eight months later he receives a whole carrot in his soup. He believes this is a sign from his parents, saying that they are finally coming back for him. This immediately inspires him to escape from the orphanage, and journey across Poland in the hope of finding his parents.Whilst he is on his crazy journey, he stumbles upon Nazis, an orphaned young girl, named Zelda, and a dentist who is hiding a group of Jewish children. The fact that Felix is so, unbelievably innocent and naive leads him to think of this horrific time, as simple mistakes or accidents. Experiencing WWII through the eyes of such a young child, allows the reader to see things in a different way. Even though the truth of WWII is not portrayed through the child's viewpoint, it still impacts the reader in an immensely harsh way.I recommend this book to anyone who likes war fiction, as I do. Gleitzman yet again succeeds in writing a fabulous story. He manages to turn WWII into a journey of a young, Jewish boy with his heart set on finding his family.
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is most certainly not your average time travel fantasy involving machines and scientists. In fact, Henry does not wish to travel in time at all. He does so involuntarily, and when he does, he wakes up in another place and time, naked, nauseous and ravenously hungry. His time travel drives the story, but is not really what the story is about. The novel in fact, is about love. It is however, definitely not a romance novel.When Henry meets Clare he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry and Clare attempt to live normal lives though they are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control. This makes their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. “The Time Traveler’s Wife” is a story of fate, hope and belief, and without a doubt it is about the power of love.I thought this novel was somewhat far-fetched when I first began reading, however, I was proved wrong. Niffenegger puts a creative twist on this almost science-fiction love story. Her ideas are truly one of a kind and she creates suspense in ways which are unimaginable. The depth of emotion touched my heart in unspeakable ways. I find it extremely difficult to uncover any faults in this amazing text. I recommend this book to those who are not into the fairy-tale love stories which are so common nowadays. Niffenegger sure knows how to incorporate outrageous ideas without throwing off the focus of the novel.