Jasper Jones, well I must say, I was expecting something more. I kept waiting, waiting -- but I was disappointed. I mean, yes, it was amazingly written and what not -- but after a friend told me how unpredictable it was... well, I predicted it all with the mindset, "What would be unpredictable?" So yeah. I found it depressing. Empty. It didn't leave me pondering or smiling or anything. Just kind of empty.
But I'm not reviewing that book. Because I just read another 'couldn't put it down' book and it was brilliant. The Wrong Boy, by Suzi Zale, is about a Jewish girl called Hanna. Last year, we spent a lot of time learning about the Holocaust, and reading the book, I was taken back -- not so many years ago, surprising to many of us -- to the camps, the guards, the rations and the barracks.
And love. Given the title, which turns out to be pretty self-explanatory (Although I didn't pause to think about it -- trust me, you'll be glued to the words and 'a movie will start playing through your head' from the first sentence).
I nearly started crying. I liked this story because it was different to all the other stories I read, movies I've watched. This book was honest and captivating and, reading the words written by the author, I have to share these words Suzi Zale wrote:
Only by remembering can we prevent the past from fading. By reading about the Holocaust and trying to understand it we can make sure it never happens again.