Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boy’s detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day, digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tried to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment–and redemption.
I have been a fan of this movie, for years and thought it high time I finally get around to reading the book. Especially considering the fact that I’ve been fan of Louis Sachar ever since I picked up a copy of Sideways School is Falling Down in Elementary School. The movie did an excellent job of following the book. There were few noticeable changes, and I was just as captivated by the book as I am by the movie.
In Holes Sachar takes the past and expertly weaves it into Stanley’s current situation to bring about his destiny and to right a wrong mistakenly committed by his ancestor so long ago. I think it quite brilliant how Sachar put this story together, and how all the actions and events of the past come full circle and serves to help Stanley in the present. I loved his friendship with Zero and found all of the characters well developed and entertaining.
Other books by Sachar I love are Sideways Stories from Wayside School, The Boy who Lost His Face, and There’s A Boy in the Girls Bathroom. Sachar has been rocking my literary world since way back when and Holes just helped to solidify my love for his work. If you have children, then definitely consider introducing them to this author.
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Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read But Don’t Own Yet:
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun – but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.
- I find it absurd that Colin has only ever dated girls named Katherine, and spelled specifically that way.
- It is EXTREMELY annoying to read a book that has footnotes on nearly EVERY page, explaining some obscure reference.
- What mother in their right mind invites two strange boys she doesn’t know, and just met, to live with her and her TEENAGE daughter?
- I find it a bit pathetic that Lindsay has only known Colin a few hours yet she wants him to think she’s cool. Why does she care so much about what a stranger thinks of her?
- Starnes’ story about the snake, and him in general, had me laughing out loud.
While the story was ok I have to say I found myself annoyed with this book more than I found myself amused. I’ve read Looking for Alaska by this author and really enjoyed it so I was expecting to really like this one as well. But between the characters and the crazy amount of footnotes, I found myself just wishing it was over.
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.
As far as the romance I really enjoyed this story. I could really appreciate the Garretts and how they seemed so supportive and loving of each other. However, I thought Sam’s friends were assholes and her mother was beyond BIZARRE! And can we say YUCK to wiping your snotty nose on your shirt and using someone else’s bathing suit. There were just some weird things going on in this story for me. While I could dig the atmosphere and the love story, besides the Garretts, the characters got on my nerves and the whole situation with her Mom was just strange.