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The Girls With The Exploding Dress - The Electric Mess - Falling Off The Face Of The Earth filters. Sort order. Sep 04, Pam rated it did not like it Shelves: children-sfiction. The Newbery Group has been referencing this book for a couple of months now, so I thought I should read it. To the author's credit, she Free Spirits - Peggy Lee - Then Was Then Now Is Now! know how to create characters that are The Girls With The Exploding Dress - The Electric Mess - Falling Off The Face Of The Earth , interesting, and provide depth to make them seem realistic.
I wish the same could be said of her plot. The story as one reviewer described it seems like a Rube Goldberg machine and unfortunately it The Newbery Group has been referencing this book for a couple of months now, so I thought I should read it.
The story as one reviewer described it seems like a Rube Goldberg machine and unfortunately it is just as unbelievable and odd as one of those machines.
The chain of events one after another seem so unrealistic I never could get to the point of suspending disbelief. In brief without spoiling the plot, the main character, Ry, is taking a train to summer camp when the train stops in the middle of nowhere because of a malfunction.
He steps off the train and then further away, in order to get better cell phone reception. Then the train leaves without him. His parents are taking a second honeymoon after a stressful move leaving the grandfather at the new house to take care of the dogs the dogs are important believe it or not.
Each character experiences unlikely mishaps that somehow make it impossible for the main character to let his family know he is lost. Yes Ry has a cell phone for which he can't seem to find a charger, but even with low battery and the text feature enabled he can't seem to contact the friends who text him and get them to help him. Other people really found this book charming and wonderful. I just couldn't get there.
May 25, Kathleen Houlihan rated it it was amazing. What a wonderful book! It's so rare that a book makes me laugh out loud, and I did a lot with this book. Ry, our hero who can't seem to catch a break, is so endearing and charming. You can see him soaking up all his new experiences like a sponge, and growing as a person.
So many mishaps and yet he soldiers on, making the best of each situation, meeting new people, learning new things, and generally being an awesome and brave individual. I wish I were a little more like Ry He displays quite an aptitude for braving the unknown in parts Respectable - Mel & Kim - Respectable the story -- something I really admired.
The grown ups are a lesser part of the story except Del who is pretty essentialbut are all so wonderful, yet realistically flawed. Just loved it! And the dogs Oh the dogs on their own crazy adventure I'm reading some other reviews now I try not to do that before reading a book and writing my own review and it's interesting to hear the other takes on the book.
It seems like the main criticisms focus on how unrealistic all these curveballs are that are thrown Ry's way. The other criticisms are that the book isn't as tightly written as Criss Cross which I haven't read. I disagree with both criticisms. I have known people who have been the brunt of a spate of ill luck, so this doesn't seem like a contrivance. In fact, what's so wonderful is that Ry grows from each of these potentially negative situations. As another reader beautifully put it, he discovers that every situation in life is fixable, no matter how crappy it might seem.
And that is an awesome thing to be reminded of. Since I haven't read Criss Cross, I can't comment on it comparatively, but I thought the timing of the story and the plot development were excellent. There is a bit of tension the reader must deal with -- each time some new obstacle lands in Ry's path, we cringe inside It's so rare that I find an author who can really make me care so much about a character that I get heart palpitations when something bad happens to them.
At the end, I thought I might lose it if anything else happened to him That I cared so much about a fictional character -- that he was so real to me that I worried for his ultimate safety I've closed so many books and said "adieu" to the main characters, with nary a backward glance I have a feeling I'll be thinking about Ry and Del for a long time View 1 comment.
Jun 26, Caren rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: all audiencesfun and squeaky clean. Shelves: ya. Oh my goodness, I do like this author! The question is, how can I describe this book and do it justice? The plot could be likened to a Rube Goldberg machine, I Goes To Rice Fields - Yximalloo - Bush Of Bamboo one thing leading to another until it is all Cherish - Various - Sounds Terrific along, quite out-of-control.
Or perhaps it brings to mind the saying that life is what happens while you are making other plans. Ry, the teenage protagonist is on a train in Montana, on his way to summer camp, when the train stops in the middle of nowhere while experiencing a Oh my goodness, I do like this author! Ry, the teenage protagonist is on a train in Montana, on his way to summer camp, when the train stops in the middle of nowhere while experiencing a problem.
He jumps off and steps away, then further away, in order to get better cell phone reception. Wait a minuteis the train pulling away without him?? Meanwhile, his parents, after the exhaustion of a move to a new house in a new city, are on a little jaunt, sailing around the Caribbean, hoping to put the spark back into their romance, while Ry's grandfather is holding down the fort and caring for the two dogs back at the new house in Wisconsin.
Rialto Ripples - George Gershwin - William Bolcom - Piano Music By George Gershwin is no good way to continue the description, other than to say that each of the above parties experiences its own mishaps and, as the plot tumbles ahead seemingly out Girl On A Swing - Lions & Ghosts - Velvet Kiss, Lick Of The Lime control, you begin to wonder how on earth the author will wrap up all of those wildly flapping ends.
Along the way you will meet a cast of characters as likable and kooky as any you might really encounter in our vast land. The author also provides some amusing illustrations, particularly of the doggie journey that is woven in and out of the people story.
You will just want to keep reading to see where Ry's odyssey and make no mistake, this is a coming-of-age odyssey will lead him next. At the end, I wanted to go back to the beginning and read it again, just to study the author's craftit is that well-written. Could it all really happen? Well, as Ry learns in the end, "I don't know about 'impossible'.
Jan 06, Jeffrey rated it did not like it Shelves: fictionabandonedyoung-adultread-in This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I really did not like this book. It was so unbelievable that I was just getting mad about it! From the very beginning the author expects us to suspend all reality just so we could go on this adventure by having us believe that the town he first encounters is filled with complete idiots.
I am sorry, but if a kid were to show up saying he was from the train and lost, the FIRST thing any normal person would do is call the cops. They will take care of it. They will have the cops in IL go to his OK. They will have the cops in IL go to his house. You do not decide to have him work for you, and then drive him across the country home.
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