Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Book Review #995
What Hearts by Bruce Brooks
Rating: zero stars (out of four)

I have no clue why this won the Newbery Honor. It did not have a point and I read the whole thing waiting for something substantial or magnificent to happen. When I finally reached the end I felt like I had just wasted my time. I didn't understand the main character and I wanted him to stop being such a jerk. I could see how his home life was affecting his character and I waited until the very end to see some sort of change take place - but he didn't seem to learn anything and I had no hope that he would grow up and become a better person. The title of the book bothered me because it didn't make sense until the very last few pages of the book. I think the author was trying to wrap everything up at the end, but I was just left saying, "so what?" This book is definitely skippable and one of the least worthy Newbery's I've read in a while.

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