One Minute Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

one minute book review-orphan train by christina baker kline

The Summary:

Molly Ayer has to complete a community service project, and her boyfriend has secured her a project to help an elderly lady clean out her attic. But what Molly finds while helping Vivian Daly clean out her attic is a lot more than just trinkets and old clothes. She discovers a compelling story about another young woman in the same position as she.

What I liked:

So this tugs at your heartstrings. I mean hugely, but not in such a way that you can never recover. I liked that this wasn’t a “ruin your life, I can never trust another book again” kind of book. It was a good story, with some tough subject matter, but with a good ending, and I like a book with a good ending.

What I didn’t like:

The beginning of this book kind of lagged a bit. Once you really get into it it’s pretty compelling, but until then there’s a definite risk of getting bored. My suggestion is to stick with it, for at least the first 100 pages before you judge it.

Verdict:

I would recommend this book to most of my friends, I think. It was a pretty good book, and I think would appeal to a wide audience.

One Minute Book Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

One Minute Book Review- Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

The Summary:

When Sophie is turned into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste she decides she’s off to fine her fortune. Who knew she could find that inside the terrifying Wizard Howl’s castle.

What I liked:

So I’ve seen the movie but I heard that the book needed to be read if you’d seen the movie, and now I see why. I love Miyazaki, but he left out some important stuff that happens in the book, that really helped the entire story make sense. And he also added some stuff to tell the story he wanted to tell. But this was a solid story, well written, and great for kids. It wrapped up a little fast, but again, we’re dealing with a children’s book, so I thought it was fine.

What I didn’t like:

Sometimes the story seemed to lag. But I attribute that to me rather than the story. It was a children’s story, and I think I was looking for something that may not have been a natural part of a children’s story.

Verdict:

I would recommend this if you’ve seen the movie. And I would definitely recommend this for any child. Adults, just remember this is a children’s story, and I think you will enjoy it a lot more.